Christie, Devlin and Mackay-Steven called up in their place
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 13/10/18 2:28pm
Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has been released from the Scotland squad to avoid burnout, with West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass withdrawing due to injury.
Scotland’s coaching staff recognise Tierney has played a lot of football this season and have allowed him to return to Celtic to rest. The 21-year-old has featured in 22 matches this term.
Scotland vs Portugal
October 14, 2018, 4:30pm
Hearts’ John Souttar and Blackburn’s Charlie Mulgrew have also left the squad due to injury ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Portugal, live on Sky Sports.
Celtic’s Ryan Christie and Aberdeen duo Michael Devlin and Gary Mackay-Steven have been called up by Scotland boss Alex McLeish in their place.
Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, who missed Thursday’s Israel defeat with a knee knock, is still in the squad.
Mulgrew and Souttar both picked up problems during Thursday’s match, while Snodgrass was not deemed fit enough to make the bench.
Scotland started with Tierney, Mulgrew and Souttar in a back three on Thursday, but it looks increasingly likely McLeish will opt for a back four against Portugal with only three recognised centre-backs left in his squad.