Scotland team to face Malta

CHRIS Martin will start up front for Scotland this evening when they line up against Malta.

Gordon Strachan has surprised many by choosing Chris Martin to lead the attack. Picture: John Devlin
Gordon Strachan has surprised many by choosing Chris Martin to lead the attack. Picture: John Devlin

Hearts’ Callum Paterson is preferred at right-back to Alan Hutton, while Barry Bannan starts in midfield alongside captain Darren Fletcher.

Oliver Burke will play on the right wing after moving to the Bundesliga for an eight-figure fee and he will be joined by Robert Snodgrass and Matt Ritchie behind the striker.

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Russell Martin will be paired with Grant Hanley in central defence.

Full team: Marshall; Paterson, R Martin, Hanley, Robertson; D Fletcher, Bannan; Burke, Snodgrass, Ritchie; C Martin. Subs: Gordon, Hamilton, Berra, Greer, Hutton, Anya, Forrest, McGinn, McKay, Morrison, S Fletcher, Naismith.

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