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Mackay: I would never pick a player just to sell tickets

The Scotland interim boss says two of three Aberdeen squad members will start on Thursday.

Interim Scotland manager Malky Mackay insists he would never bring a player into the Scotland squad just to help sell tickets.

Kilmarnock forward Kris Boyd slammed Mackay's squad selection earlier this week, claiming some of the call-ups were a "laughing stock".

He said the Aberdeen contingent had only been included to sell tickets at Pittodrie.

Mackay dismissed the notion of players being drafted into the squad to face Holland for solely commercial reasons, while revealing two of the Dons trio will start Thursday's friendly.

"I'm out to make sure that team go out on the pitch and beat Holland," he said.

"There is no one I would bring to this squad to purely fill a jersey. People talked about the Aberdonians in the squad just being in to sell tickets - two of the three are going to start the game.

"I'm not sure I would pick players just to sell tickets and have them start a game."

He added: "It's a lead up to Euro 2020, what I'm doing is shaping this group so they have a chance to stake their claim to be involved and grab a jersey and go to get 50 caps.

"It's about a pathway into Euro 2020, my task is to bridge the gap as far as I'm concerned.

"We have to keep striving to see what the next generation is. It's important as there are places up for grabs."

Mackay is the new frontrunner to take over on a permanent basis after previous favourite David Moyes was announced as West Ham boss on Tuesday afternoon.

When asked about his interest in the job, the SFA performance director said his sole focus was on preparing the players ahead of Thursday's match with the Dutch.

He said: "I've got a job, it's as SFA performance director and I take it very seriously.

"What I didn't want was for the players to think that it wasn't going to be done properly. They have to see a leader and someone who knows what they are doing.

"It's professionalism, I'm just concentrating on the build-up to Thursday night."

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