England play Scotland at Wembley tonight in a qualifying game for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
England, under interim manager Gareth Southgate, will be expected to win this home game and Newcastle may have a couple of players starting in the Scotland team – winger Matt Ritchie and center-back Grant Hanley.
Grant Hanley – in Scotland’s famous colors
Matt has been in great form for us so far this season, but Grant has struggled to get a place in the Newcastle side and at the moment captain Jamaal Lascelles and Irish International Ciaran Clark are the two starting center-backs.
Grant has played only 8 times with 3 starts this season and some those appearances have been late in the game to shore up a win.
Because of his lack of match practice he has not been playing well for Scotland this season and today 33 year-old former Rangers striker has taken a shot at him today.
This is what Boyd has said:
“Good luck to Gordon Strachan at Wembley,” “I can’t help but think he’s going to need it.”
“I don’t know about my old Middlesbrough boss, but one look at the defenders in his squad has me coming out in a cold sweat.”
“I hate to say it because I always like to think of the positives ahead of any big game, but I really am worried about this one.”
“No harm to Grant Hanley but I’m fed up seeing him make the same mistakes in a Scotland top.”
“Chances are it will be Hanley who Gordon picks to play alongside Martin, but for me that would be a big mistake.”
Kris Boyd is now playing his football at Lee Clark’s Kilmarnock.
Gordon Strachan is under some pressure after the last International break Scotland could only manage a home draw with Lithuania and were beaten on the road at Slovakia.