SCOTLAND boss Alex McLeish will hope his blundering players have got the errors out of their system before they face Albania in the opening UEFA Nations League encounter on Monday night.

The international gaffer was left to rue several costly mistakes as his team were blitzed 4-0 by the outstanding and impressive Belgians at Hampden last night.

The blunders started in the 28th minute when John McGinn failed to control a simple throw-out from keeper Craig Gordon. His first touch was awful and allowed Mousa Dembele in to bring about the opening goal from Romelu Lukaku while Michy Batshuayi punished slack play from Charlie Mulgrew and Ryan Jack after half-time.

THE START OF THE DOWNFALL…Romelu Lukaku shoots home number one with Kieran Tierney getting a close-up view.

Big Eck said: “We shot ourselves in the foot with mistakes. We encouraged the guys to play, build up, but Belgium are a team together for five years or so.

“They are a top, top team. We were perpetrators of our downfall. These are errors which should easily be eradicated. These guys have to learn very quickly.

“It was a difficult game against a great team. We are striving to get to that level, but we are well away from that level.

“They recovered their composure towards the end and had a couple of chances ourselves. Yet we were not quite able to beat Thibaut Courtois.”

THE END GAME…Craig Gordon in the midst of the victorious Belgians at full-time. Pics: Geo.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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