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McKenna reveals positives from Scotland defeat to Portugal

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Scotland defender Scott McKenna hailed the “brave” performance of the side in their defeat to Portugal and revealed the positives they can take from the encounter

The 21-year-old remains convinced that they can overcome Albania and Israel to advance in the Nations League.

Currently, Scotland sits second in Group C1 on three points from two games with Israel in the lead.

But McKenna feels that the performance Scotland displayed in their 3-1 defeat at Hampden to European Champions Portugal on Sunday could serve them well in future encounters.

A double-header against Albania and Israeli await which will likely determine their Nations League fate, while reaching a playoff spot for Euro 2020 remains a target.

“We can take the bravery we showed on the ball against Portugal and the way we moved it early in the first half into next month,” said McKenna on the Daily Record.

“We got in between the lines a few times and caused them a few problems but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net.

“I think we started the game pretty well in the first half. We were brave on the ball and we moved it about really well. It was a bad time to lose the goal and one lapse of concentration and they punish you.

“You could see their quality and how clinical they were. I don’t think they really had much more chances than the goals that they scored.

“Going in at half-time it was a bit of a disappointment. Once they get the second goal and the third goal, it kills us a little bit. If we take any positive, we kept going and it was a very good goal from Naisy.

“They were a very good team. Their movement and their sharpness really tests your concentration. If you switch off for a split second they’ll punish you and run off the back of you.

“At this level, you need to be concentrated all the time, especially at centre-back.

“We’re a young squad, but I think with the experience that has come back in, they’ve been helping us massively.

“Out in the summer, we started that second game with only 28 caps between us. When you’ve got boys like Andy [Robertson], Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor, they have probably over 50 caps each. That experience coming in helps the younger guys a lot.”