Kris Boyd: Aberdeen call-ups a ‘laughing stock’ for Scottish football

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Kris Boyd has branded the latest Scotland squad a “laughing stock” as the Kilmarnock striker derided the Aberdeen players within the group.

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Kris Boyd criticised the inclusion of Graeme Shinnie, centre, as well as the Aberdeen captain's ex-team-mate Ryan Jack, left. Picture: SNS

Kris Boyd criticised the inclusion of Graeme Shinnie, centre, as well as the Aberdeen captain's ex-team-mate Ryan Jack, left. Picture: SNS

Kenny McLean and Graeme Shinnie were included in interim manager’s Malky Mackay’s squad, with Boyd suggesting these players were picked only so the SFA could sell tickets for the game at Pittodrie.

The ex-Rangers hitman also slammed the inclusion of Ryan Jack, saying the midfielder has been sent off more in his Ibrox career than he’s had good games.

Boyd also named a number of English-based players he believed should have been included instead.

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He told BBC Scotland: “Tell me who McLean and Shinnie are going to play ahead of. And who should be in the squad instead of them? When you go down the road, Paul Coutts is flying at Sheffield United. Kevin McDonald has come back to form for Fulham.

“What I will say is if we’re going on about how good Shinnie and McLean are, then we need to blame solely Anthony O’Connor for Celtic’s midfield totally destroying them the other week.

“Shinnie is not an international player because I’ve seen him play. Where’s he going to play? It won’t be at left back.

“Even Barry Douglas, who’s at the top of the Championship, can’t get in the squad.

“And Shinnie can’t play in the middle of the park because I watched Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and Callum McGregor run all over the top of them.

“It’s a total laughing stock for Scottish football. I’ve also read Ryan Jack is going to start at right back.

“He’s had more red cards than good games for Rangers this season. Why does he even deserve to be there?”

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