Fletcher calls on McLeish to drop 3-5-2
FORMER Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has urged Alex McLeish to rethink the controversial 3-5-2 formation that he deployed in Thursday’s dispiriting defeat to Israel.
Scotland crashed to a 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss in Haifa on an alarming night that saw the hosts rack up 25 attempts at goal.
McLeish again opted for a system to accommodate recognised left-backs Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney.
However, Stoke City midfielder Fletcher believes McLeish needs to find a place in the side for creative players such as James Forrest, who came on in the second half, and Ryan Fraser.
Fletcher said: “The first thing he will be questioning is the formation, it’s a really difficult formation to play and coach, it needs a lot of time and international managers don’t get a lot of time.
“It eliminates some of our better players, like James Forrest, like Ryan Fraser, who are out-and-out wingers and who are arguably our most dangerous.
“You struggle to get them in the team so I think he’s really going to have to look at that going forward.”