Scott McKenna has said Scotland will be ready to make amends for their horror show in Dublin when they host the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League showdown on Saturday.
The Scots were beaten 3-0 by Stephen Kenny’s side at the Aviva Stadium in June. Despite bouncing back to win their last two games against Armenia and Ukraine, Nottingham Forest defender McKenna believes Scotland owe their supporters a fine performance against the Irish at the weekend.
“I imagine they (Ireland) will play pretty much the same because of the problems they caused us, but we were very poor that day and let a lot of people down,” he said. he declared. “We’ll be looking to make up for that tomorrow.”
Asked if Scotland thought they had something to prove, McKenna replied: “Yes, definitely. We let each other down, let everyone go home and also dropped a big travel support.We owe it to everyone to make a performance and achieve a positive result.
McKenna has won 27 Scottish caps since making his debut in 2018 but has had to be patient to establish himself as a starter.
Injuries to key defenders such as Andy Robertson, Grant Hanley and Liam Cooper have paved the way for the 25-year-old to start three of the team’s last four matches, including Wednesday’s impressive 3-0 home win against Ukraine when he partnered with Jack. Hendry at the heart of a back four.
“When I left the team it was because the players in my position are doing so well,” he said. “Grant Hanley has been great over the last two years and KT (Kieran Tierney) is a world class player who’s played on the left of the bottom three so I absolutely can’t argue about not playing.
“I always thought it was important that when I played I showed the manager what I could do and I think I managed to do that.”