Scottish players’ ratings as impeccable Ryan Jack impresses on night of frustration


Outdated Scotland still have Euro 2020 to look forward to, but Steve Clarke has a lot to think about after a second straight loss.Promotion to the League of Nations eluded them as the defeat to Israel in Netanya ended their hopes of promotion and a safety net for the World Cup.

Scotland weren’t that great but lacked something and the hosts looked dangerous throughout and earned a win thanks to Manor Solomon’s incredible solo effort.

The visitors pushed for a leveler but missed out on a host of golden chances as the Czech Republic secured the top spot.

Clarke tried everything with five subs in the second half, but it didn’t pay a night of frustration for the national team.

David Marshall

A strange night for the national hero. I had very little to do until the 80th minute but a Strepsil will be needed tomorrow as it barked instructions from start to finish. 6

Scott McTominay

Was returned by Solomon for the goal, but showed his courage as he blocked Eran Zahavi’s bubbly strike early in the second half. He is a calming presence in possession but doubts remain about his defensive sensitivity. 5

Declan Gallagher

Solid again. It would be too easy to underestimate his revealing contribution but the Motherwell man revel in the art of defense. Gallagher is also a serious threat in the opposition box but no goals were ahead. seven

Kieran Tierney

It doesn’t matter whether Tierney is playing in the back or three. Arsenal’s standout still stands. He might lack the perfect height to play in the heart of the defense, but he was razor sharp while others fell behind. seven

Stephen O’Donnell

Clarke’s beloved student at Kilmarnock gave it his all, but was caught as Solomon waltzed on goal. But this offensive prowess will serve us well with its crosses causing alarm everywhere. 6

Ryan Jack

He gets better with every game that goes by and his big game experience with Rangers in Europe certainly helps. Tigerish in the tackle and chic in possession – you can see why he has become an automatic choice. 8

Callum McGregor

The Celtic schemer was at work from the first whistle, but even the iron man of Scottish football looked ousted by the time he was substituted. 6

John McGinn

His nasty header forced Ofir Marciano to make a tidy save, but Scotland’s buzz bomb looked surprisingly subdued in the first half and his second touch was often a bobbly field tackle in Netanya. 5

Andy Robertson

The rampaging Liverpool icon is an attacking threat, but it was his defensive sensibilities that caught the eye as he kept the impressive Eli Dasa in check. 6

Ryan Christie

Celtic fans know how dangerous he can be, but there is something on the international stage that gives him something more. Its long distance passage is a joy to see. seven

Lyndon Dykes

His heist game was as good as ever, but our kilted kangaroo seemed a yard or two from the beat at times. Visitors were certainly wary of him, but he had no telling impact until he was replaced just past the hour. 5


Leigh Griffiths (for McGinn 61) Caught everyone by surprise with a few cheeky passes instead of turning to goal, but let his big luck slip. 4

It was McMcBurnie (For Dykes 61) A decent diving header but this first international goal still escapes him. 4

Scotland goes to Euro 2020

Scott McKenna (For Gallagher 73) Provided a decent set-piece threat and a bit of rhythm as the game stretched. 4

It was Burke (For O’Donnell 73) The forgotten man but he made his luck count with a few teasing crosses. 5

Kenny McLean (For McGregor 82) Not much of a chance to make a good impression. 3

Not used: McLaughlin, Gordon, Taylor, Cooper, Palmer, Considine


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