Lukaku scored twice to keep Belgium on top of Group I as they maintained their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.
With VAR not being used, Scotland players appealed unsuccessfully for offside against Kevin de Bruyne in the build-up to Lukaku’s second goal.
But the goal stood, and de Bruyne rubbed salt in the wounds with a goal of his own in the 90th minute.
Scotland boss Clarke felt the scoreline was harsh on his side, who battled well against the world’s top-ranked team but now languish in fourth place in the group, six points behind Belgium and three behind second-placed Russia.
“I just had a big cuddle with him in the tunnel. He apologised for scoring,” said Clarke in quotes reported by the Daily Mail .
“Listen, Romelu is a fantastic character and I enjoyed working with him. He was a young boy when he worked with me and he has grown since then. He is a strong goalscorer, who has played with some of the big clubs in the Premier League.”
Lukaku’s Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly want to keep hold of the striker this summer, and Clarke said: “I just spoke to him in the corridor and he wants to keep getting better and better.”
Scotland’s next two Euro 2020 qualifiers will make or break their chances in the group, as Clarke’s men entertain Russia in Glasgow on September 6 before welcoming Belgium three days later.
Clarke said of the Belgium defeat: “It was a difficult game for us but the commitment and attitude and the tactical discipline were excellent. In my opinion I don’t think we deserved to lose a third goal at the end.
“The way we defended was good. I could say that the second goal was offside which might have changed something and obviously conceding the first goal right on half time was a big blow for us. I thought we did well to recover from that.
“We defend well but we have to be better when we have the ball. There are things to work on but overall the feeling is that we have grown a little bit as a squad of players already and the next camp we should grow again because it is two vital home qualifiers for us against the two favourites to go out of the group so we have to be ready for that.”
Mirror Football’s Top Stories
Romelu Lukaku apologised to Scotland boss Steve Clarke after the Manchester United striker’s brace in Belgium’s 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Scotland.
Lukaku scored twice to keep Belgium on top of Group I as they maintained their 100% record in Euro 202…