Scotland Player Ratings in 4-0 Defeat to Belgium

Scotland Player Ratings in 4-0 Defeat to Belgium

Scotland lost 4-0 to Belgium at a half empty Hampden tonight.

The friendly doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but the country wanted to see that progress is being made by Alex McLeish going into his first competitive game against Albania in the Nations League on Monday.

Sadly, we didn’t get that – but were there any players who got pass marks?

Here are our player ratings for the game:

Craig Gordon – 4

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This isn’t a game Gordon will want to see again. He may have been at fault for Belgium’s first goal, the second too and wasn’t too convincing on the third either.

John Souttar – 6

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Scotland may have lost four goals, but Souttar actually played well. Defended well when asked and looked very confident on the ball. Promising.

Charlie Mulgrew – 5

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Mulgrew was at fault for the third goal when his cross field ball was cut out and then punished by Batshuayi. Is he the answer for Scotland moving forward? We’re not so sure.

Kieran Tierney – 6

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Along with Souttar, he played well despite the four goals. Could do nothing really to avoid conceding them and looked comfortable defending in his own areas throughout the night. McLeish definitely has a conundrum when it comes to getting the best from him and Robertson moving forward.

Andy Robertson – 6

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Robertson produced his usual attacking performance, but couldn’t make a telling impact.

Ryan Fraser – 6

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Fraser had a poor first half – not helped by the fact he was more of a right back than a right winger. Once moved further forward and given licence to cut in, he was more dangerous and tested Thibaut Courtois with two good shots.

Kevin McDonald – 4

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McDonald looked out of his depth and showed nothing to suggest he should play more for Scotland.

Stuart Armstrong – 5

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Considering he’s a Premier League player now, Armstrong needs to contribute more than that. He worked hard off the ball, but contributed little on it and he’ll be frustrated by that.

Callum McGregor – 7

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He took up some quality positions for Scotland, rarely losing the ball and troubling Belgium at times. Unfortunately he didn’t have enough around him. You’d expect McGregor to be important going forward though.

John McGinn – 5

McGinn was caught badly on the ball for the first Belgium goal and never really recovered from that. The performance of Mousa Dembele and Yoeri Tielemans showed McGinn the level he has to get to.

Leigh Griffiths – 5

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It was a thankless task for Griffiths playing up front alone against three powerful defenders in Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen. He only played 45 minutes and was probably glad for that.


Steven Naismith – 4

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Naismith got the second 45 minutes and worked hard, but he’s another who is unlikely to contribute for Scotland much under McLeish.

Robert Snodgrass – 3

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Snodgrass was a second half sub who tried to turn things around after the goals conceded early in the second half. He couldn’t, but looked decent on the ball and could play a part against Albania.

Ryan Jack – 3

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Jack climbed off the bench to give the ball away and let Belgium in for their fourth goal. A cameo to forget for a player who has been really good for Rangers this season.

Stephen O’Donnell – 2

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O’Donnell got the last 20 minutes and would have benefitted from the experience. Not much else to say on his display.

Jonny Russell – 2

Russell was a sub alongside O’Donnell and was busy without doing anything of note.

Graeme Shinnie – 2

Shinnie tried to put himself about, but was only on for 17 minutes so oco


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