Graeme Shinnie makes shock admission after Scotland humiliation

Graeme Shinnie makes shock admission after Scotland humiliation

Alex McLeish is confident Scotland can bounce back from their humiliation in Kazakhstan and swiftly rebuffed talk of leaving his role as manager.

Worksop-born Liam Palmer made his Scotland worldwide debut in the 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifier defeat to Kazakhstan on Thursday night.

Scotland's next game comes against the world's lowest-ranked team - San Marino - and McLeish expects a quick reaction from his squad, one which is lacking a number of experienced players through injury.

"I'll just continue doing my job and suffice it to say I'm not going to get drawn into that question", he said.

"I maybe got caught a bit cold at left-back in terms of my positioning, especially for their second goal", he continued.

"I don't really rank defeats".

The home side then put the cherry on the icing on the cake with a powerful, well directed header back across Bain's goal from a looping cross, completing Scotland's humiliation.

Kazakhstan, 117th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, looked unsafe every time they attacked on the slick artificial surface and Scotland managed only two attempts on target on a night to forget for them.

"It's never finished until it's finished", he added.

"We bounced back from a poor performance in Israel and that's what we must do after this game".

The result came as a surprise to pretty much everyone except maybe Scotland fans, who have grown accustomed to this sort of disappointment in recent years.

With Belgium expected to cruise the group and Russian Federation also strong, Scotland's hopes of automatic qualification already look in trouble, although they are guaranteed a place in the playoffs after topping their Nations League group.

After a humiliating defeat, matters have gone from bad to worse for Scotland with Tierney still out. If you don't do the small details that we spoke about, it doesn't matter what level you are playing at, you can be punished, and that was proven'.

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