Fletcher excited about future

Scotland skipper thrilled with Pittodrie performance

Fletcher: Taking the positives

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Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher felt there were plenty of positives to take from the 3-0 victory over Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

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Manager Craig Levein took the opportunity to have a look at some young players in the friendly at Pittodrie after losing many of his first-choice XI to injury.

Danny Wilson scored on his debut to set Scotland on their way to an easy win, with Kris Commons and Jamie Mackie also finding the target.

Apart from the goalscorers, Barry Bannan impressed on his first appearance and there was a further glimpse of the future as Levein rang the changes in the second half.

Fletcher told Sky Sports: "The young lads that started did really well and the ones that came on did well.

"We've got a lot of exciting players in Scotland and let's hope they can kick on and get a few more caps and make an impact on the first team.

"They came in, on the training pitch they were lively and everyone did themselves great credit tonight."

On the performance of Bannan, Fletcher said: "He's got great quality and even for his size he can compete, he's imaginative.

"He had a few chances tonight, having a player like Barry in the side you know he can do that something special which ultimately could prove important in international matches."


Mackie, meanwhile, was thrilled to register his first international goal for his adopted country.

"It was a really worthwhile exercise, I really enjoyed myself and I could have had a couple more on the night I feel," he said.

"That's the first time I've played up front for Scotland and I showed that's what I'm about - poaching in the six-yard box.

"It's brilliant for my confidence and I can't wait for the next squad."

The Dorking-born frontman, who qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather, added that he has come in for some stick about his accent in the dressing room but is nevertheless loving life at international level.

"The lads have a bit of banter about my accent but the family is massively proud and so am I," he said.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be getting the chance to play for Scotland."