City midfielder features for Scotland against Mexico

PUBLISHED: 10:33 03 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:01 03 June 2018

Kenny McLean was in action for Scotland against Mexico. Picture: PA

Kenny McLean was in action for Scotland against Mexico. Picture: PA

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Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean played 55 minutes as Scotland went down to a 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium.

The 26-year-old, who joins the Canaries from Aberdeen this summer, played his part in a spirited Scotland display but Giovani Dos Santos’ goal proved the difference between the two sides.

McLean also played 87 minutes in Scotland’s 2-0 defeat against Peru on Tuesday and manager Alex McLeish insists the trip has been worthwhile.

“The players have been very professional.

“Normally they would be on their holidays. We would love to be going to the World Cup the same as Mexico.

“But we have played a couple of games that can help us build for the future.

“It was a very tough game for us at altitude and in these conditions. I think the players that we had out there did the country proud.

“We are trying to get better on the technical side and we have asked the players to look at their game and be brave, to make passes and receive passes.

“It’s a big part of the plan going forward.”

McLeish did reveal an element of frustration with the attacking side of Scotland’s game.

He said: “We looked to be more of a threat, to get players forward in the box.

“I felt that we never had the best of deliveries. When we got into wide areas, we hit the first man a lot when we had good presence in the box.

“You saw when we got a good cross in the second half, McBurnie had a good header, he was unlucky he hit the post. In the first-half, we had crosses potentially for the strength of Callum Paterson but we didn’t quite succeed.

“Both teams made changes, that can upset the rhythm of the game, but both teams did what they could to impress the fans and the coaches.”

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