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Experimental Scotland side suffer 1-0 defeat to Holland

Memphis Depay's first-half strike was enough for the Dutch to claim the friendly spoils.

Memphis Depay celebrates Holland's winner as Craig Gordon appeals for offside.
Memphis Depay celebrates Holland's winner as Craig Gordon appeals for offside. SNS

Memphis Depay struck as Scotland lost 1-0 to Holland in a friendly at Pittodrie.

Interim Scotland boss Malky Mackay fielded an experimental line-up against the Dutch in an effort to shake off any lingering hangover from failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Ryan Jack made their debuts, while 20-year-old Celtic defender Kieran Tierney was handed the captain's armband.

But Lyon winger Depay scored the only goal of the game, finishing off a one-two with Ryan Babel at the back post despite a hint of offside.

Scotland had started the match brightly, with makeshift striker Matt Phillips going close twice in quick succession.

Skipper for the evening Tierney was next to test Jasper Cillessen, producing a rasping effort from 25-yards out that the Barcelona goalkeeper palmed clear.

But it was Holland who took the lead five minutes before the break. Scotland found themselves in a position of promise on the edge of the visitors' box, but slack passes - first from Phillips and second from debutant McGregor - turned over possession and the Dutch broke at pace, with Depay eventually converting Babel's cross from six-yards out.

Scotland had a number of efforts from range after the break as they struggled to break Advocaat's side down.

Substitute Ryan Fraser almost had an immediate impact, latching onto Tierney's long ball and driving into space only to steer the ball wide.

The Dutch controlled possession for large spells, but Scotland rallied late on. Jason Cummings had a glorious chance to mark his debut with an equaliser but fluffed his lines, before Phillips again went close.

The defeat is likely to be Mackay's sole game in charge after SFA chief executive Stewart Regan stated earlier on Thursday that the performance director would not be switching roles.

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