Scotland: Interim manager Malky Mackay calls up four new faces for Netherlands friendly

Nottingham Forest's Jason Cummings, Hibs' Paul Hanlon, Aberdeen's on-loan Celtic player Ryan Christie and Ryan Jack of Rangers have made the national squad

Ryan Christie, Ryan Jack, Jason Cummings and Paul Hanlon have been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time for the friendly against the Netherlands on 9 November at Pittodrie.

Performance director Malky Mackay takes charge on an interim basis after the departure of manager Gordon Strachan.

Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean, and Cardiff City's Callum Paterson have also been included.

Scott Brown and fellow midfielder Darren Fletcher are selected.

Captain Brown was thought to be considering his position after following Scotland's failure to reach the World Cup play-offs.

The 32-year-old reversed his decision to retire from international football during the unsuccessful qualifying campaign, and now seems likely to continue making himself available for selection.

Fletcher, 33, won his 80th cap in the final group match away to Slovenia this month.

"At the moment, both of them had made themselves available," said Mackay. "I'm delighted with that. They're two terrific professionals, two quality players and two guys that can really help some of the younger ones around them.

"My conversations with Darren and Scott have been very productive over the last couple of days. Longer term, that's their decision what they want to do. But they are going to be imperative for myself when we meet up on Sunday."

Christie, on loan at Aberdeen from Celtic, Rangers' Jack, Cummings of Nottingham Forest and Hanlon of Hibernian have earned their first call-ups on the back of strong starts to the season.

"Paul Hanlon is captaining Hibs, who are going from strength to strength," said former centre-half Mackay.

"I went to the Edinburgh derby the other night and Hibs were terrific and Hanlon was so calm at the back. He's someone that's been in the Scotland youth set-up, but has taken his time to, I suppose, fill out, to understand the position, to learn to have that leadership quality but I'm seeing all that at the moment, as are a few people that I've spoken to.

Kenny McLean, Callum Paterson and Graeme Shinnie have earned recalls to the Scotland side

"Ryan Christie has been sensational this season for Aberdeen. I've spoken to Derek McInnes this week on it and he's been glowing about Ryan. You only need to see the goal on Saturday to realise the quality that he has.

"Now's the time to step up to the next stage.

"Cummings has been someone who, obviously, has had a career at Hibs and in the big games manages to step up to the plate. I think the next stage of his career was moving away from his home club, moving down to England, playing against big strong players and playing against players who are going to give him different challenges every week and becoming a professional who can handle playing 90 minutes twice and three times a week.

"In him, I see young version of Leigh Griffiths. I see someone with pace, I see someone that's finishing ability is second to none and it's maybe time for him to start becoming the player that people thought had great potential."

Ex-Hearts full-back Paterson, capped five times, made his Cardiff debut this month after 10 months out with a knee ligament injury.

Among those overlooked are strikers Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher, midfielders Ikechi Anya and Tom Cairney and defender Grant Hanley.

Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat, who took the national job in May, midway through the unsuccessful qualification campaign, will also name his Dutch squad this week for the friendly match, likely to be his last in charge.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben retired from the national side at the end of the campaign.

However, Advocaat is expected to confirm a squad that will feature the likes of former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk of Southampton, Everton's Davy Klaassen, Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum and World Cup runner-up and Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder.

In his seven matches at Pittodrie as manager of Rangers, Advocaat won four, drew two and lost one.

Malkay Mackay

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer, Craig Gordon, David Marshall

Defenders: Callum Paterson, Kieran Tierney, Andrew Robertson, Liam Cooper, Paul Hanlon, Charlie Mulgrew, Christophe Berra

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Fraser, Ryan Jack, John McGinn, Kenny McLean, Matt Phillips, Graeme Shinnie, Ryan Christie

Forwards: Jason Cummings, Leigh Griffiths


BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont

There is certainly an experimental look to Malky Mackay's Scotland squad, with a number of players who'd been vying for a place under Gordon Strachan coming in.

Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean - often overlooked by Strachan - are rewarded for consistent good form, while Ryan Christie, flourishing as a result of regular first-team football, gets his first call-up.

It is heartening to see Callum Paterson back fit, with the lack of a natural right back having forced Strachan to play Kieran Tierney out of position.

As with any squad selection, there will be discussion over certain picks and omissions - has Ryan Jack's form merited a place over, say, Dylan McGeouch?

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