Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee has revealed that Scott Bain has been given a “perfect lift” by joining up with the national squad.
The Dundee goalkeeper may have been on a downer on Sunday after conceding a penalty and receiving a red card for a foul on Billy Mckay that let Dundee United back into the Tannnadice thriller, which ended 2-2.
However, McGhee disclosed that by the time Bain met his new Scotland colleagues for training at Mar Hall yesterday he had a big smile back on his face and a spring in his step.
“This is the perfect lift for him,” said McGhee.
“I would say he is fine after the derby.
“Obviously, we all saw the incident and it was a good, old-fashioned goalkeeping challenge!
“I also heard him talking about it with the other lads here and I think he feels it was a wee bit harsh because the boy (Mckay) was going away from the goal.
“But you can understand why the referee sent him off, although he might disagree.
“Scott won’t let that bother him.
“I have seen a lot of him and he has done well every time I have seen him.
“I have been to Dens a few times and I have had punters in my ear, asking ‘When are you picking him?’
“Well, we have picked him and, yeah, he deserves his chance.”
Bain will hopefully get game time in Thursday night’s friendly against the Czech Republic before manager Gordon Strachan’s second squad takes over for the home game against Denmark a week today.
Ahead of the trip to Prague, the Scots drafted in Fulham’s Ross McCormack and Paul Caddis of Birmingham City to replace Norwich duo Steven Whittaker, whose wife is having a baby, and Steven Naismith, who has a hamstring injury.