Darren Fletcher: This Scotland squad is one of strongest in my time

first_img“It shows people are competing for places and when you have a tough campaign and pick up injuries, we have plenty of options.“We are in a good place at the moment and hopefully we can show that on the pitch.”Youngsters Oliver Burke, Kieran Tierney, John McGinn and Jack Hamilton have come into the squad since the failure to reach Euro 2016 and West Brom man Fletcher outlined how he and his fellow experienced professionals can help the new boys settle in.He said: “It’s about giving them a platform to perform and giving them small bits of advice when I can. Captain Darren Fletcher believes the current Scotland squad is one of the strongest he’s seen during his time with the national team.Gordon Strachan’s team face Lithuania at Hampden and Slovakia away as they aim to maintain their spot at the top of Group F.An opening 5-1 victory over Malta got the country’s bid to reach the 2018 World Cup off to the perfect start and Fletcher feels the team are well placed to end Scotland’s long exile from a major tournament.Fletcher told the Scottish FA’s website: “You look around the squad, the manager has selection headaches in every position and although it’s tough for him, he’d probably want it that way. “We need them to express themselves, be creative and make a mark for themselves.“They can let the older players take the pressure and the other stuff that goes on.”last_img read more