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A-League Golden Boot Jamie Maclaren has been restored to the Socceroos line-up for Tuesday morning’s clash against Chinese Taipei, with coach Graham Arnold demanding a more ruthless Australian display.

Among the later arrivals in camp for the current block of 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Kuwait City, Melbourne City star Maclaren took no part in the Socceroos’ 3-0 win over Kuwait last Friday morning.

While Arnold was happy with the victory, he felt the scoreline should have been much bigger.

“We could have been up 6-0 after 39 minutes,” the Socceroos boss said.

“When you get those chances, I expect the boys to take those chances.

“It’s always about improvement and I expect improvement in every part of our play.”

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Jamie Maclaren celebrates scoring for the Socceroos. Picture: AAP Image/James Gourley
Jamie Maclaren celebrates scoring for the Socceroos. Picture: AAP Image/James GourleySource: AAP

Maclaren scored 25 goals in 24 A-League appearances this season, and is expected to have a field day against Group B minnows Chinese Taipei, who have no points from six matches.

In contrast, Australia has a perfect record of 15 points from five Group B matches, putting them in the box seat to reach the next stage of the Asian Football Confederation World Cup qualifiers.

The teams last met in October 2019, with the Socceroos recording a crushing 7-1 win.

Arnold also confirmed that defensive duo Trent Sainsbury and Harry Souttar, who both missed the win over Kuwait, would start on Tuesday morning.

Trent Sainsbury will return for the Socceroos against Chinese Taipei. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan EspositoSource: AAP

However, attacking weapon Apostolos Giannou is still nursing a rib injury and will be sidelined for at least another match.

“We’re not going to throw anyone on the field that’s not 100 per cent fit,” Arnold said.

Sydney FC star Rhyan Grant, another of the later arrivals who didn’t play last Friday, is also hoping to play but has welcomed the competition Fran Karacic has provided for the Socceroos’ right-back role.

Croatia-born Karacic, who plays for Italian second division club Brescia, made his national team debut against Kuwait, and didn’t disappoint in the position usually occupied by Grant.

“He had an unreal game for his debut,” Grant said of Karacic, who qualifies to play for the Socceroos through his Australia-born father.

“Having competition for places is huge, and in this Socceroos squad this time around there are a lot of numbers, (and) it just goes to show how much depth there is in Australian football at the moment.

“Hopefully everyone gets a chance to show what they can do … and make it hard for ‘Arnie’ going forward.”

With Australia’s four matches in Kuwait City being played in a condensed period of less than two weeks, Grant is expected to get some game time against Chinese Taipei.

“I’m starting to feel really good and hopefully get to play a part in the next few games,” he said.

“We started off this campaign with a great win the other night, and we’re looking to build on that (with) another great performance and great win to put us in good stead going forward.”

Australia v Chinese Taipei

Tuesday, 5am

Jaber Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Live: Fox Sports and Kayo Sports

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Postecoglou’s Celtic draw 1-1 with Midtjylland

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Celtic’s attacking dominance has failed to be rewarded with victory in former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive match in charge of the Scottish giants.

In front of a Covid-19-restricted crowd of 9000 at Celtic Park, the hosts had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Danish club Midtjylland in their UEFA Champions League first-leg second-round qualifier.

Both sides had a man sent off in a match in which Celtic had far more chances than the Danes, who will host next the second leg next week when a spot in the competition’s third qualifying round will be on the line.

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Socceroos pair Tom Rogic (Celtic) and Awer Mabil (Midtjylland) entered the match as second-half substitutes as both sides attempted unsuccessfully to find a winner.

Earlier, Celtic’s first-half superiority was rewarded in the 39th-minute when new signing Liel Abada gave the hosts the lead.

The teenage Israeli forward, who joined the Hoops from Maccabi Petah Tikva, was quickest to react to a loose ball in the penalty area after Midtjylland goalkeeper Jonas Lossl parried a shot from Ryan Christie.

Socceroo Tom Rogic (left) leaves the field as coach Ange Postecoglou chats with Ryan Christie after Celtic’s 1-1 draw. Picture: Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Socceroo Tom Rogic (left) leaves the field as coach Ange Postecoglou chats with Ryan Christie after Celtic’s 1-1 draw. Picture: Steve Welsh/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Scotland international Christie had hit the post three minutes earlier with a close-range strike.

But Abada’s goal was to be his last contribution of the match, with the 19-year-old attacker substituted on the stroke of half-time after his teammate and countryman Nir Bitton was sent off.

Booked earlier in the half, centre-back Bitton was shown a second yellow card and a subsequent red card after clashing with Midtjylland forward Anders Dreyer.

Believing that Dreyer had gone down too easily in the box, Bitton got in his rival’s face and stuck his index finger into Dreyer’s forehead.

It led Swiss referee Sandro Scharer giving Bitton his marching orders and showing Dreyer a yellow card.

With Bitton off, Postecoglou sacrificed Abada to give Celtic more defensive cover by bringing on teenager Dane Murray.

The visitors’ one-man advantage only lasted until the 56th minute when Dreyer was given a second yellow card, seemingly for simulation after attempting to win a free-kick.

Celtic captain Callum McGregor hit the crossbar three minutes later with a stinging strike from distance, and soon after French striker Odsonne Edouard blew a great chance with weak shot that was saved by Lossl.

It was a wasted opportunity that Celtic would rue in the 66th minute when Brazilian attacking weapon Evander Ferreira equalised for Midtjylland with an angled free-kick that goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas failed to deal with.

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