• International Match
  • 14th Nov 2012
  • Ground: Josy Barthel Stadium
  • Att: 2,521
Home team Score Away team

Luxembourg

1 - 2

Scotland

L Krogh Gerson 47 FT J Rhodes 11, 24

Shinnie handed Scotland debut

14th November 2012, 09:11pm

Andrew Shinnie: Set for Scotland debut

Andrew Shinnie: Set for Scotland debut

Inverness midfielder Andrew Shinnie has been handed his Scotland debut for tonight's friendly in Luxembourg.

The former Rangers trainee, who has six Clydesdale Bank Premier League goals and five assists this season, was drafted into the squad on Sunday following nine call-offs.

Caretaker manager Billy Stark has named both Kenny Miller and Jordan Rhodes in his starting line-up, suggesting he will break with sacked boss Craig Levein's recent convention and employ a 4-4-2 formation.

Matt Gilks starts in goal in the absence of Allan McGregor while Blackburn's Grant Hanley lines up in a back four also featuring Steven Whittaker, Paul Dixon and Christophe Berra.

Darren Fletcher, Charlie Mulgrew and Steven Naismith join Shinnie in midfield.

The Scottish Football Association named the team on their official Twitter account six hours before kick-off.


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Mulgrew lined up in central midfield with Shinnie on the right and Naismith wide left, with Miller playing just off Rhodes but effectively as a second striker.

Mulgrew saw a lot of the ball in the opening stages as Scotland dominated possession on a pitch that was already cutting up.

Rhodes had his first chance after eight minutes when Luxembourg defender Guy Blaise completely missed his kick after Naismith had helped the ball up the left, but the Blackburn striker was well wide as he steered the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Rhodes only had two minutes to wait for the opener after more poor defending.

Scotland worked the ball to Dixon on the left wing and he sent over an inviting cross which Ante Bukvic turned against his own post and Rhodes was on hand to head the ball over the line from close range.

Gilks made his first save in the 16th minute after Naismith had lost right-back Tom Schnell at a short free-kick. The defender sent over a deep cross that was met by Mario Mutsch but the Blackpool goalkeeper got down to hold the header.

Rhodes and Miller soon linked up at the other end with the Vancouver Whitecaps striker curling the ball onto the roof of the net.

Rhodes then scored his second in the 23rd minute. Shinnie collected Whittaker's cross from the right and hit the byline before driving the ball towards goal.

His effort was blocked but fell for kindly for Rhodes who slipped the ball home with his left foot from six yards.

HT: Luxembourg 0 Scotland 2 Miller was soon through on goal after a series of short, sharp passes with Naismith but the flag was raised as the striker shot straight at Jonathan Joubert.

Rhodes had a shot blocked after a Dixon cross and then had a hopeful penalty claim rejected following an aerial challenge by Schnell.

Scotland continued to control possession but they were almost caught out before the break when Mutsch broke down the left and sent over a low cross to right-winger Charles Leweck, whose drive was held by Gilks.

INTRO: Jordan Rhodes hit a first-half double as an attack-minded Scotland side took control of their friendly in Luxembourg.

Rhodes, who scored a hat-trick for Scotland Under-21s on his previous trip to the Stade Josy Barthel, headed home from close range on 10 minutes and then slotted home a simple second midway through the half.

Rhodes was playing up front with Kenny Miller as caretaker manager Billy Stark employed a 4-4-2 formation.

Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly replaced Mulgrew at half-time for his debut but soon gave away a foul that allowed the hosts back into the game 90 seconds after the restart.

The execution was superb as Lars Gerson curled the 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to leave Gilks with no chance.

Dixon saw a free-kick from similar range charged down and, although Scotland were continuing to dominate possession, they were making little headway with Naismith growing frustrated at the number of fouls committed by the home defenders.

FT: Luxembourg 1 Scotland 2 Leigh Griffiths became the third new cap in the 70th minute when he replaced Shinnie with Miller moving wide right.

Scotland soon had a let-off after a move broke down on the right with Whittaker out of position. Hanley backed off after David Turpel collected possession and the Luxembourg forward turned and sent the ball inside him and out to Mutsch on the left wing.

The home captain's cross found Stefano Bensi in a great position but Gilks did enough to unconvincingly palm the header wide for a corner.

Before the match, Stark had signalled his intention of making six substitutions but the game was in the balance and Scotland's formation, now looking more like a 4-2-4, was giving the hosts space to attack.

Rhodes thought he had his hat-trick as he headed home Kelly's cross but the flag was immediately raised and Bensi tested Gilks again with a 20-yard drive that the goalkeeper got down well to hold.

Gilks then saved Turpel's header before Murray Davidson won his first cap as the midfielder came on for Rhodes to help see out the match in injury-time.

INTRO: Jordan Rhodes hit a first-half double as an attack-minded Scotland side began life after Craig Levein with a friendly victory in Luxembourg.

Rhodes, who scored a hat-trick for Scotland Under-21s on his previous trip to the Stade Josy Barthel, headed home from close range on 10 minutes and then slotted a simple second.

However, Scotland failed to build on their half-time lead and survived some nervous moments after Lars Gerson's well-placed free-kick brought Luxembourg back into the game just after the break.

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