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Peru v Scotland: McLeish

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Peru v Scotland: McLeish

Dylan McGeouch is considered one of 9 uncapped gamers within the squad together with Charlie Mulgrew
Worldwide pleasant: Peru v Scotland
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Lima, Peru Date: Wednesday, 30 Might Kick-off: 02:00 BST
Protection: Watch on BBC One Scotland; textual content commentary and streamed stay (UK solely) on the BBC Sport web site

Scotland’s Charlie Mulgrew says any negativity surrounding the end-of-season tour to Peru and Mexico has not affected the travelling squad.

The scheduling of the long-haul journey for the tip of season has drawn criticism from some quarters.

And the unavailability of some senior gamers leaves Scotland under-strength towards two World Cup-bound sides.

“There’s by no means been any negatives talked about since we have met up,” Mulgrew pressured. “It is all been constructive.”

The Blackburn Rovers captain is prone to don the worldwide armband as Alex McLeish’s aspect face Peru on Tuesday night in Lima.

“Coaching’s been constructive, the environment concerning the place has been constructive,” stated the 32-year-old. “It is two video games for our nation.

“We’re all delighted to be right here and we’re trying ahead to taking part in the match and placing on a efficiency and combating for Scotland once more.

“It is good to have new faces within the squad. It may be an enormous problem for us however one we’re trying ahead to and one hopefully we will relish.”

Mulgrew is in line to win his 35th cap and such is the inexperience of the squad, with 9 uncapped gamers, he has made greater than thrice as many appearances as the subsequent most-capped participant, West Bromwich Albion winger Matt Phillips.

Because the senior citizen of the squad, what is going to Mulgrew’s recommendation be to the brand new boys?

“I’d say, ‘Simply benefit from the recreation, attempt to take the chance to be within the squad extra often and attempt to get a outcome,'” he stated.

Alex McLeish and assistants Peter Grant and James McFadden hope to plot a win in Lima

“In the event that they get pleasure from it and exit and struggle and work laborious then the flexibility is there and it will be an excellent expertise for everyone.”

His supervisor has already urged these gamers to understand the “golden incentive” on supply and he recalled when he himself was in the identical place.

McLeish made his his debut as a 21-year-old in a 4-1 pleasant win over Portugal in March 1980.

“I do know that, once I was instructed I used to be getting my first recreation for Scotland, I could not consider it,” he stated.

‘Right here to spoil the celebration’

“I dreamt about it as a younger boy however by no means imagined I’d ever play for my nation.

“However, once I was instructed I used to be taking part in for the nationwide workforce, a shiver ran down my backbone and made me really feel so proud. Nervous too, however in a great way.”

Now McLeish hopes his Scotland expenses can reply in difficult circumstances.

“Possibly we must work slightly bit tougher than Peru to get a beneficial outcome,” he admitted.

“However we all know that Peru wish to give the followers a superb send-off and we’re right here to attempt to spoil the celebration.”

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