Scotland: Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar, Kieran Tierney, Robert Snodgrass, Scott McTominay withdraw from squad

Scotland's John Souttar is shown a second yellow card against Israel
John Souttar was shown two yellow cards in Scotland's Nations League loss to Israel
International friendly: Scotland v Portugal
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Sunday, 14 October Kick-off: 17:00
Coverage: Live coverage on BBC Radio Scotland & online

Three defenders who started Thursday's Nations League loss to Israel have withdrawn from the Scotland squad.

Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew, who scored the Scots' goal in the 2-1 defeat, John Souttar of Hearts, who was sent off, and Celtic's Kieran Tierney, who scored an own goal, are all out.

Robert Snodgrass and Scott McTominay, who did not feature, have also left.

Head coach Alex McLeish has called up Celtic's Ryan Christie and Aberdeen duo Michael Devlin and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Scotland host Portugal in a Hampden Park friendly on Sunday and McLeish said of Tierney: "It was quite simple, he was ruled out.

"The medical team said he had a bit of fatigue and we felt it was right and proper that he should go back to his club."

Centre-backs Mulgrew and Souttar, who was sent off shortly before he was due to be substituted, sustained injuries in Haifa, while midfielders Snodgrass and McTominay were unable to play due to knocks suffered in training.

Attacking midfielder Christie, centre-back Devlin and winger Mackay-Steven are in contention to face the Portuguese.

It is the first time Devlin has been called into a Scotland squad, the 25-year-old who has made 11 appearances for this season after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign through injury and having joined Aberdeen from Hamilton Academical in January.

"He was on the roster of fitness for duty and he seemed like the first natural choice to turn to for cover at centre-half," McLeish said.

Devlin could now feature alongside Dons team-mate Scott McKenna in defence, with Celtic's Jack Hendry being the only other centre-back in the squad.

Mackay-Steven made his only full international appearance to date almost five years ago, when the 28-year-old came on for the last six minutes of a goalless friendly against the United States.

Christie played in the same midfield as Mackay-Steven while on loan to Aberdeen but has returned to Celtic this season and won three Scotland caps over the past year.

"Ryan Christie is back at Celtic and really trying to make a big impact there - and we are really glad to have these guys," McLeish added.

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