Scotland put in a decent performance against Belgium, but soon enough, their opponents’ star power seen them come out on top. The Belgians won 3-0 in Brussels. Scott McKenna’s performance has received criticism following the match.
There are plenty of positives to take from this game. If you look to social media comments, some clearly don’t think the Aberdeen centre-half is one of them.
Some Scotland fans have reacted to his Belgium showing. McKenna was arguably at fault for the first goal and his passing left a lot to be desired at times in Brussels.
McKenna’s criticism seems a bit harsh
Was the Dons centre-half great against Belgium or Cyprus? No, but he wasn’t exactly terrible. He had social media up in arms though, with many quick to put him down for every error he made.
He was outmuscled for the first goal by Romelu Lukaku. His Belgian counterpart is a towering figure who cost Manchester United £75 million. He plays at an elite level, I’d expect him to outjump and muscle McKenna.
That’s not to say there weren’t flaws in his game. His passing was quite shocking and his pace let him down at times.
It’s a shame for McKenna that from about 40 minutes on everything went pear-shaped for him. He had been playing well up until that point.
It does seem clear though that a new centre-back is needed as the pairing of McKenna and Charlie Mulgrew isn’t working. What one drops out the side is a subjective debate.
He wasn’t great against Belgium, but perhaps social media has been a little harsh on the Dons defender.