Scotland trio withdraw from squad to face Hungary

Scotland manager Alex McLeish will need to make changes for his second game back in charge after three players withdrew from his squad.

Matt Ritchie, Scott McTominay and Grant Hanley have pulled out ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Hungary.

All three started during Friday’s 1-0 Hampden defeat against Costa Rica. Manchester United midfielder McTominay made his debut while Norwich defender Hanley started his first international since 2016, and Newcastle wide player Ritchie also won a recall.

The news leaves McLeish short of options in central defence after losing Russell Martin before the Costa Rica game. Celtic defender Jack Hendry could come in to join Charlie Mulgrew and Scott McKenna if McLeish continues with a three-man defence.

McTominay’s departure is likely to ensure Hibernian’s John McGinn comes in while McLeish has several options to replace Ritchie, including James Forrest and Ryan Fraser.

The Scotland boss was expected to make changes anyway following his experimental line-up in his first game since returning to the role.

The Scottish Football Association confirmed the call-offs on its Twitter account but did not give any details about any injuries.

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