Scotland v Belgium

Hearts defender John Souttar is expect to make his Scotland debut as Alex McLeish's side prepare to host Belgium at Hampden Park.

Hearts defender John Souttar is expect to make his Scotland debut as Alex McLeish’s side prepare to host Belgium at Hampden Park.

The 21-year-old, who has made a strong start in the Scottish Premiership this season, has been tipped to play alongside Blackburn Rovers’ Charlie Mulgrew and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as part of a new-look back three.

Injuries have plagued the Scots in the build-up to Friday’s friendly encounter in Glasgow, with Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna, Celtic’s Jack Hendry and Hearts’ Christophe Berra all sidelined.

Swansea City striker Oliver McBurnie, West Bromwich Albion forward Matt Phillips and Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney have also been ruled out due to knocks.

Celtic’s Craig Gordon and Rangers’ Allan McGregor are competing for starting roles between the sticks and McLeish feels it’s a good selection headache to have.

‘It is a dilemma, but we always find a solution that suits everybody and the goalkeepers are two top pros, two fantastic goalkeepers,’ he said.

‘We are very lucky to have them competing at this level.’

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has his own injury problems, with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke both set to miss the encounter.

Positive news for the Red Devils is that Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is fit to play in Glasgow despite missing training on Wednesday.

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