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‘GUTTED’ SHINNIE’S SCOTS ADMISSION

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GRAEME SHINNIE reckons he has blown his big chance after a horror show in Scotland’s Euro 2020 flop as they collapsed to a 3-0 thrashing from Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena yesterday.

The Aberdeen defender looked at fault for all three goals as the nation got off to the worst possible start in their bid to qualify for Russia next year.

Shinnie played an opponent onside for the opening goal i the sixth minute and he was slow to react to a ball across the face of goal for the second only four minutes later.

Six minutes after the interval, the country rated 117th in the FIFA listings were 3-0 up when the Pittodrie club’s skipper failed to match the run of Baktiyar Zainutdinov who got in behind Dons team-mate Scott McKenna to head beyond the exposed keeper Scott Bain, who was making his international debut.

Shinnie stood in for injured Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney as a makeshift left-back.

But he now reckons he missed the opportunity to impress boss Alex McLeish with his dire display.

The devastated Don, speaking to The Scottish Sun, said: “I am just gutted.

“I didn’t think we were great as a team, but I look at myself more than anything. I maybe got caught a bit cold at left-back in terms of my positioning, especially for their second goal. It was a tough night.

“They played well, they were on the front foot putting pressure on us. It was a hard game. If you give a team an opportunity they’ll take it.

“To get that chance and to let the team down is disappointing. I don’t think I played well. It was frustrating on a personal note.

“I can’t see myself getting back into the team now.

“Like I said, on a personal note. I am gutted.

“I know I am so much better. I have waited so long to get a chance.

“Two of the top players — in Andy and KT — being out gave me that opportunity.

“Andy is going to come back in against San Marino no matter what I did tonight, but it was a chance for me to show what I can do and I let myself down.”

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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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