Nottingham Forest enforcer Scott McKenna played 45 minutes of Scotland’s 2-0 defeat to Denmark last night. It leaves Steve Clarke’s men facing an uphill task to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Scotland have seen their squad decimated ahead of the Copenhagen clash. That saw Clarke forced into making some changes to his eleven and McKenna was handed a rare start.
He played on the left of a back three. Leeds defender Liam Cooper and Norwich warrior Grant Hanley made up the defensive unit for the Tartan Army.
McKenna will have welcomed the chance to shine for his country. It’s reasonable to suggest that things didn’t quite go to plan for the Forest man, however.
He came up against one of Europe’s top playmakers in Mikkel Damsgaard and struggled to cope with the Sampdoria man.
Following the game, the Daily Record produced a piece where they handed out player ratings. McKenna was awarded a five for his showing.
The publication claimed: “The Nottingham Forest man really toiled to deal with Damsgaard’s clever movement and it was no surprise to see him hooked at half-time.”
Forest ace McKenna shouldn’t worry about Scotland performance
The 24-year-old defender has barely put a foot wrong for Forest. It seems trendy for Scotland supporters to lay all of the blame at his door and it would appear the media north of the border are the same.
McKenna shouldn’t beat himself up about last night. Damsgaard is one of Europe’s top talents and he was linked with a £34 million move to Liverpool or Tottenham in the summer.
Since checking in from Aberdeen last summer, McKenna has been brilliant for Forest. His latest showing away at Derby was a joy to behold and the Reds are lucky to have him.
Getting minutes under his belt is the main thing for Scotland. From a Forest perspective, the Reds will hope he returns to the City Ground fit and healthy.
Cardiff and Middlesbrough arrive at the City Ground after the international break. Given the start Forest have made to 2021/22, two wins really are a must. Having McKenna available will help Forest’s cause and if Scotland doesn’t love him, the people of Nottingham do.