Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna had a poor game for Scotland against Kazakhstan. He was particularly poor for the third goal in the 3-0 defeat, getting out jumped in the air.
It remains to be seen if the player will retain his place in the side for the upcoming match against San Marino. But so poor was his performance, Derek McInnes will need to make sure that the player’s confidence doesn’t drop in the aftermath of the game.
Aberdeen still have a lot to play for this season. They are aiming to hold off Kilmarnock in the battle for third place in the Scottish Premiership. They also have an outside chance of catching Rangers in the battle for second place.
Most importantly though, there is the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic on the agenda. McKenna will have to have got the Scotland game out of his system before the Celtic match.
Perhaps the best thing for McKenna would be to play against San Marino and help the Scotland team to a clean sheet.
That would help him to get over the catastrophe of the Scotland performance. Still, Dons boss Derek McInnes should still take the time to talk to McKenna to ensure that he has got the game out of his system.
It would benefit all parties in the long run.