Clarke has done nothing that a squad assembled by McLeish wouldn't have achieved. Scrambling a result against Cyprus then letting Belgium practice shooting is nothing like progress.
Russia will comfortably beat Scotland in Russia, Scotland might scramble a draw at Hampden. Playing for 3rd at best, likely finish 4th.
Half of those wouldn't have turned up for McLeish and we would've either drawn or lost against Cyprus followed by an absolute gubbing from Belgium. I agree we're playing for third but under McLeish we'd be struggling for fourth.