Scots aiming to bounce back from Costa Rica defeat

International Challenge Match

Hungary v Scotland

Tuesday, 27 March, kick-off 7pm (UK time)

Groupama Arena

On Tuesday night, two sides with something in common will do battle in Budapest.

Both Scotland and Hungary had new managers in charge on Friday night and will be aiming for their first victories when they face off at the Groupama Arena.

On Friday night at Hampden Park Alex McLeish gave five players their debut with Scott McKenna, Scott McTominay, Kevin McDonald, Oliver McBurnie and Jamie Murphy all capped for the first time.

Scotland started sluggishly but as the game progressed, the hosts grew in confidence and could count themselves unlucky not to hit the back of the net in the second half where they were a constant threat and went close to scoring on a few occasions.

Hungary meanwhile lost 3-2 to Kazakhstan at the weekend with heads now turning to Budapest where more than 1,000 Scots are expected in the Hungarian capital city.

Team news

Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie and Scott McTominay have withdrawn from the squad with injuries and will not be making the trip to Budapest.

After not featuring at Hampden Park, players such as Jon McLaughlin, Barry Douglas and Jack Hendry will all be hoping to make their Scotland debuts and follow in the footsteps of the five players who made their bows on Friday.

What are the players saying?

Andy Robertson was a stand out for Scotland on Friday night and provided a lot of crosses into the box. On Tuesday, he’s hoping to see even more opportunities created.

“The chances will hopefully come and with more time in that formation we can work on it and hopefully get better.

"You saw there was a lot of quality on the bench that didn't get on, but the boys who went out did well. Big Oli [McBurnie] did well up top, he was isolated in the first half but held it up well. I was right next to Scott McKenna and thought he did well too.”

The squad named for the two matches in this international break is almost unrecognisable from the one that was named to play Scotland’s final World Cup qualifiers last year.

Robertson is of the opinion that there is a lot to be positive about when considering the fresh look to the squad.

He said: "If you look at the squad from the last campaign, there's probably not many of us that are here.

“A few got a bit older and retired, a few haven't been selected. It is a new squad, the midfield was completely new.

"In the second half on Friday night, we can take positives from our pressing and our shape - if we can take that into Tuesday, it's a good building block."

Where will the game be played?

The Groupama Arena is a multi-purpose stadium and home to Ferencvaros TC, with a capacity of 23,698.

The stadium was opened in 2014 and the national team have played there regularly while the Ferenc Puskas Stadion is closed for reconstruction.

How have Hungary fared recently?

Ranked 50th in the world, 19 places below Scotland, Hungary’s last three matches have all been friendlies. They lost against Luxemborg on 9 November last year before defeating Costa Rica 1-0 just a few days later.

Hungary’s last outing was against Kazakhstan on Friday night where they were defeated 3-2 in Budapest in their new manager, Georges Leekens, first match in charge.

The former Belgium, Tunisia and Algeria coach witnessed Adam Szalai and Krisztián Nemeth get themselves on the scoresheet in front of 9,000 fans.

Hungary join Scotland in League C for the upcoming UEFA Nations League and will play Estonia, Finland and Greece in their group.

Who should Scotland be watching out for?

For the Magyars, midfielder Adam Nagy, 22 has already amassed more than 20 caps and impressed at Euro 2016 where he was rewarded with a transfer to Bologna.

Kenny Otigba will be playing at the home stadium of his own club and the nation has high hopes for him. He played for Heerenveen in the Netherlands before returning to Hungary with Ferencvaros.

Astana ’s Laszlo Kleinheisler is predicted to become a talisman for Hungary in the coming years and is currently coming back from injury, after being forced off against Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers last August.

Previous meetings between Scotland and Hungary

The sides have gone toe to toe on eight occasions over the years, first meeting in 1938 where Scotland defeated the Hungarians 3-1.

Scotland have won two, drawn two and lost four during that time, with the two sides last meeting in 2004 at Hampden, the visiting team emerging 3-0 victors against Berti Vogts’ men.

Where to watch?

The match will be shown live by BBC Scotland and is available online.