Scotland 1 '“ 0 Denmark: How the new boys fared

Three players made their Scotland debuts against Denmark, while another two added to their modest cap collection. We have a look at how they got on.

Scotland's John McGinn (left) and Kieran Tierney excelled in the match. Picture: SNS
Scotland's John McGinn (left) and Kieran Tierney excelled in the match. Picture: SNS

Liam Bridcutt - 4

The Sunderland midfielder came on for his second cap to try and shore up the midfield but never looked wholly comfortable playing ahead of John McGinn and Scott Brown. Was very, very lucky not to see red for a wild lunge on Erik Sviatchenko. The challenge would surely have earned his marching orders in a competitive match.

Oliver Burke – 6

Never got much time but impressed in what little he got. His charging run down the right almost brought a goal as the ball squirmed along the box near the goal-line before being deflected out of play off Chris Martin. He certainly left Scotland fans wanting more and if this is how he looks at 18, there’s no telling what the future could bring.

Leigh Griffiths – 5

The Celtic striker got the elusive start he’s been yearning, though it may be some time before he’s granted another. It was a tough task for the front-man. Scotland netted so quickly into their only period of dominance and then spent most of the match defending deeply. Even though he was given a strike-partner in Steven Fletcher he rarely got any support. The one time it looked like he could be in for a shot a goal, Shaun Maloney over-hit the pass through.

John McGinn – 8

Given man-of-the-match and it was easy to see why. Not only did the Hibernian midfielder do a power of running off the ball, he also looked composed, confident and classy in possession. Never at any point did he look in awe of his surroundings or appear out of his depth. It’ll now be a big disappointment if he’s not a regular in Scotland squads for years to come.

Kieran Tierney – 7

The Celtic left back was not fazed in the slightest by his international debut at age 18. He looked just at home charging out of defence as he has for Celtic over the past six months. A couple of promising forays forward didn’t quite work out, with the ball not bouncing his way, but he never put a foot wrong and made a potential goal-saving challenge to deny Yussuf Poulsen.

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