Scotland faced Costa Rica in the first game of Alex McLeish’s second reign in charge tonight – and we learned plenty.
It was a disappointing result for the Tartan Army as Oscar Ramirez’s men left Hampden with a 1-0 victory.
But did the result ever really matter considering it’s a friendly?
We think more attention must be paid to who performed well and who didn’t for Scotland tonight, giving McLeish an idea of who he can rely on when it comes to competitive fixtures starting after the World Cup.
Here’s how we rated the Scotland players against Costa Rica:
Alan McGregor – 6
He had absolutely nothing to do apart from the goal, but he had no chance on that finish. We know what he can do though so not much to learn here.
Charlie Mulgrew – 6
Mulgrew was one of the better performers, looking assured on the ball in the centre of a back three. He’ll feature under McLeish for definite.
Grant Hanley – 5
Hanley does little to nothing that we see merits regular inclusion in the squad – and tonight was no different. He wasn’t terrible, but, then again, wasn’t particularly steady either.
Andy Robertson – 7
He’s fast becoming Scotland’s most reliable player, performing well in defence and going forward. He wasn’t able to make any telling impact, but still among the best on the park for McLeish’s men. Deserved to get captaincy once Mulgrew went off.
Callum Paterson – 6
Unsure whether right wing back is actually his best position considering he’s been playing midfield all season for Cardiff. Tonight, though, he was a constant threat in the air and offered a decent amount going forward. Wasn’t really tested going backwards.
Scott McKenna – 8
The Aberdeen man was the Scotland standout for us. Coasted through the 90 minutes, rarely losing out to an opposition player and looking very assured on the ball. He’s a serious talent to watch going forward.
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