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McLeish confirms he'll opt for experienced heads

By Gavin McCafferty

Scotland manager Alex McLeish will pick a more experienced team in his second match back in charge.

McLeish handed out five debuts - four of them from the start - during a 1-0 Hampden defeat by Costa Rica on Friday.

There will be a shift in focus for tonight's friendly against Hungary, although two of the experienced players who did start, Grant Hanley and Matt Ritchie, have pulled out along with Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.

"It will be a more experienced team," said McLeish, who could call on the likes of Celtic's Stuart Armstrong, James Forrest and Callum McGregor. "A lot of players will play who have had caps and experienced the international arena. That will be evident."

McLeish conceded that defeat on Friday had made a positive result in Budapest more desirable.

"I'm still looking at performance level," he said. "We want to try and get a good result with a good performance, that is encouraging and gives the players evidence that they are on the track to go where we want to go."

McLeish is adamant his team were not far from that path after half-time against World Cup-bound Costa Rica.

"There was nothing missing in the second half, only finishing," he said. "With a little bit more aggression we could have scored a couple of goals."

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