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McFadden: Scots' squad shake-up gives players a fresh perspective

By Staff Reporter

Coach James McFadden believes the new-look Scotland squad will benefit from not having been part of the 2018 World Cup qualifying failure.

There are six first-time call-ups chosen by Alex McLeish for the friendly double-header against Costa Rica and Hungary as he begins his second tenure as national team manager.

Swansea striker Oli McBurnie and Wolves full-back Barry Douglas, along with Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay have been named, while Celtic defender Jack Hendry was a late inclusion.

McLeish replaced Gordon Strachan following another failed qualification attempt and McFadden believes a freshness in playing personnel is important.

McFadden said: "Instead of dwelling on the last campaign, most of the squad wasn't involved. They don't have anything to dwell on, only something to look forward to.

"The younger ones have to have a belief and freedom to express themselves. It is going to be difficult but I am excited about the challenge. We have to look at them. We need to see them in game situations.

"We won't be throwing caps about - it will be for guys who deserve it. We have a big squad and we need to use every bit of it. We maybe try different formations and different personnel within that."

Scotland vs Costa Rica

International friendly:

Hampden Park, Friday, 7.45pm

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