Shinnie fears for Scotland future after Kazakhstan defeat

Scotland's Graeme Shinnie show's his frustration at full-time against Kazakhstan.
Scotland's Graeme Shinnie show's his frustration at full-time against Kazakhstan.

Graeme Shinnie has said he can’t see himself getting back in the Scotland side after the national team’s nightmare in Astana.

Scotland suffered one of their most embarrassing defeats as two goals in the opening 10 minutes sent them on their way to a 3-0 loss in Kazakhstan.

A top-two finish in their European Championship qualifying group looks a slim chance after an opening defeat to a team ranked 117th in the world.

Kazakhstan had only won three of their previous 40 competitive matches – against Andorra, Latvia and the Faroe Islands.

The opening two goals were particularly painful for Aberdeen midfielder Graeme Shinnie, standing in at left-back after Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson lost fitness battles.

Shinnie, who played left-back earlier in his career, allowed Yuriy Pertsukh and Yan Vorogovskiy to get in behind him to net.

After the loss, the gutted Aberdeen skipper said: “I can’t see myself getting back into the team now. On a personal note I am gutted in myself. I know I am so much better. I have waited so long to get a chance.

“Two of the top players in Andy and Kieran being out gave me that opportunity. Andy is going to come back in against San Marino no matter what I did, but it was a chance for me to show what I can do and I let myself down.

“I maybe got caught a bit cold at left-back in terms of my positioning, especially for their second goal. It was a tough night. They played well, they were on the front foot putting pressure on us. It was a hard game.

“It’s a massive learning curve. I am 27, but I am always learning. This is probably the biggest lesson that I will learn.”