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Shankland 'should be proud of himself' - Ralston

Anthony Ralston insists Lawrence Shankland "should be proud of himself" despite his missed opportunity against the Netherlands.

The Hearts striker spurned his one clear chance in the 4-0 loss in Amsterdam, but Ralston praised his performance.

"He [Shankland] is a top-quality striker, he’ll be disappointed, I think it took a slight bobble," the right-back said. "He finishes those all the time, but he did well and he should be proud of himself."

Despite the heavy loss, Ralston believed there were positives to take from the game - but admitted Scotland have to maintain high standards when going behind.

"I felt for the majority of the game we did really well, as a squad we felt that," he said. "Had we taken our opportunities we would have been in a better place in the game.

"But we know as a squad what our standards are and when the goals go in it’s not to let that slip which we were disappointed with, but it’s important we bounce back on Tuesday [against Northern Ireland].

"We demand off each other high standards but we’ll analyse the game and where we went wrong and put it right."