The Belgians ran out 4-0 winners at Hampden in Scotland’s worst defeat on home turf since 1973.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the Belgians in the first half. A Eden Hazard goal and a Michy Batshyuayi double completed the rout in the second.
Another difficult night for the midfielder
Scotland had started the game quite well but by the time Ryan Jack was introduced, were almost completely out of the game.
Scotland were 3-0 down and Belgium were cruising.
Craig Gordon put John McGinn under pressure with a short pass out from the back and Romelu Lukaku pounced on the midfielder for the first.
Belgium smelled blood.
Eden Hazard had Scotland 2-0 up one minute into the restart.
A slack Mulgrew back pass was to be the start of Batshyuayi’s goal. Jack lost possession to Tielemans and he teed up the striker for his second and Belgium’s fourth.
It was a tough night for the industrious midfielder. He came on a to a flailing Scotland and a vibrant Belgium.
Jack’s had a tough start to his Scotland career – his only cap came in a 1-0 loss to the Netherlands last year.
Is Ryan Jack a solution to problems Scotland faced in first half?
Scotland looked gutless in the middle at times tonight and were outshone by the class of Belgium. The team, and Alex McLeish must learn from this. Ryan Jack would certainly add some bite and guile to the midfield – something which felt lacking tonight – but the midfielder is also still learning at this level.
With a lot of competition in this position of the pitch, Ryan Jack must continue to perform at Rangers to be in with a shout of proving himself as a starter for Scotland.
And that’s a win win situation for Rangers.