Scott Brown’s fine form for Celtic is certainly appreciated by everyone at the club but two years on from his last international he is still a notable loss for Scotland.
Midfield is an area that Steve Clarke is well off for options but no one quite carries themselves with the authority of the Celtic captain.
Brown has been enjoying some well-earned rest since Celtic’s victory over Motherwell and probably watched this afternoon’s action from Cyprus from his home.
With Scott McTominay and Ryan Fraser out injured Clarke opted to bring in Ryan Jack for his competitive debut at the age of 27.
John McGinn and Ryan Christie got the goals while Callum McGregor put in his usual 8/10 performance, playing the last 20 minutes as captain after Steven Naismith picked up an injury.