McInnes sees positives in AFC's Scotland snub

Last updated : 06 November 2014 By Stand Free Ed

Mark Reynolds. Image: AFC

The Dons gaffer believes he has several players capable of forcing their way into the Scotland set-up despite being overlooked by Strachan for this month's matches against Ireland and England.

Defender Mark Reynolds, who was called up for last month's matches against Georgia and Poland, was left out along with previous call-up Peter Pawlett and his fellow midfielder Ryan Jack.

But McInnes is not bitter, and instead hopes that the disappointment will motivate his players to force their way into the increasingly eccentric Strachan's plans.

He said: "Mark was disappointed but accepts Scotland’s decision as there are a lot of good defenders in there.

"Gordon seems to be integrating a lot of youngsters who will probably be part of the team. He gets to look at them in training and brings them in for that experience, so I like that idea of what he is doing there.

"I've got players that could be in that mould, such as Peter Pawlett, but the biggest one for me at the minute is Ryan Jack.

"For me, outwith Scott Brown, he is the best Scottish midfielder in the league.

"I think he's only going to get better and better. I do believe we've got players at Pittodrie who can force their way into future squads.

"I totally respect Gordon's decision to omit my players and I hope it encourages my players to be hungry and show determination to force their way in."