No injuries to report from Scotland hammering in Kazakhstan

By David Walton

March 21, 2019

There weren’t many positives from the Scotland game tonight, but there was one.

It was an embarrassing defeat by the Scots in Kazakhstan. It was the nation’s first Euro 2020 qualifier, and they were humbled 3-0 in Astana.

For those who watched, they won’t to go over it. But it was perhaps the worst result in Scotland’s history, especially away from home. And in typical Scotland fashion, they’ve made a huge blunder in the opening stages of their campaign.

Callum McGregor is just back from injury (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But from a Celtic perspective, it was actually a pretty positive night. That’s because, despite four Hoops players starting and failing to perform in Kazakhstan – none came off injured.

Oliver Burke, Scott Bain, James Forrest, and Callum McGregor all started today’s match. The pitch in Astana is a synthetic surface too, which would’ve been a huge concern going into the game. Particularly in the case of McGregor too, who was just back from injury.

The health report much better than the performance one

Yet at no point in the game did any of the Celtic stars look like dropping down injured. Their performance levels were absolutely shambolic, but nobody in the Scotland team tonight could say their display was anything different.

Of course, there’s still the match with San Marino to get through. But this was the one that was the most troubling given the circumstances.

James Forrest couldn’t replicate the form of his last international match against Israel (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Alex McLeish will likely make some changes to the Scotland squad to face San Marino on Sunday too. With a bit of luck, one or two of the Hoops stars could be dropped to the bench as McLeish will likely come under pressure.

For Neil Lennon, it’s one fixture out of the way. All four Celtic players that started against Kazakhstan today could very well feature on Sunday. Only Burke, you have to imagine, is at risk of not starting.

So in what was one of the most embarrassing nights ever in Scotland’s history, at least the Celtic support can breathe a sigh of relief. Their Scotland boys, for now, are still fit and healthy ahead of the Rangers clash.