Fletcher calls on McLeish to drop 3-5-2

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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.”

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