Scotland coach Steven Reid believes that Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna will benefit from not being involved in the latest international squad.
Steve Clarke has opted against picking the Dons defender for upcoming matches against Russia and San Marino. The 22-year-old only returned from injury against Hibs at the weekend.
Although he came through that 90 minutes unscathed, Reid thinks it’s better for McKenna to stay at home.
He told the Press and Journal (page 54, 08/10/19): “At the minute, I’m not sure he’s done enough work at club level. I think he’s had one or two training sessions.
“We’ve got the travel, as well, which is a consideration. A longish flight back with a hamstring injury, it might actually benefit him to have a week at home with Aberdeen.
“But we will look forward to the next squad, hope he gets his fitness up again and I’m sure he’ll be up for consideration and involved again.”
Derek McInnes may be pleased that McKenna isn’t involved with Scotland
The Scotland backline has taken a bit of a hammering during the past week, with both Liam Cooper and Grant Hanley dropping out with injury.
Clarke will no doubt have been tempted to bring in McKenna even as a reserve player, but it’s probably for the best he’s been left at home.
Dons boss McInnes will be especially happy about this. He’s only just got the towering defender back from injury, McInnes wouldn’t want to lose him again if he aggravated the hamstring injury with the national team.
Instead of playing for his country this week, McKenna will be resting up ahead of Aberdeen’s trip to Motherwell a week on Saturday.