Mackay, who has been told by the Scottish FA that he is not a candidate to replace Gordon Strachan as full-time manager, gave three players their international debuts with midfielders Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor and Rangers Ryan Jack at right back all earning their first caps. Celtic's 20-year-old defender Kieran Tierney captained the team in his ninth game for his country and the inexperienced side coped well overall.
Scotland's youngsters did themselves proud against the Netherlands.It was a close encounter at Pittodrie.https://t.co/jQIMR9d0un pic.twitter.com/7YF8o06LHj — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 9, 2017
The Dutch, who had been patient in possession, grabbed the lead with a swift counter-attack finished off at the back post by Olympique Lyonnais winger Depay after a low cross from Ryan Babel. Scotland had two decent chances in the latter stages to get an equaliser but substitute Jason Cummings' shot from a promising position was too weak and Matt Phillips fluffed a header when left unmarked. Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan said before kickoff that Mackay would revert to his performance director role once a new manager had been found.
⚽️ FULL TIME: Scotland 0-1 Netherlands#SCONED pic.twitter.com/PIlKusvR1I — BBC Sportsound (@BBCSportsound) November 9, 2017