Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has told Shaun Maloney he needs to be playing more regular football with Hull City.
There was no room for Maloney in Strachan’s 27-man squad for the World Cup qualifier in Malta on September 4, despite arguably being Scotland’s most impressive player during their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
The 33-year-old came off the bench to score in Hull’s Premier League win at Swansea on Saturday but Strachan does not feel he is properly match-fit.
Despite leaving Maloney out, Strachan says the door is not closed and just needs to play more games for the Tigers.
“I spoke to Shaun after the France game and said we really need to get more games in this squad,” he said.
“Shaun has not had many games over the last period, and I also said to him that the players in your area at the moment there are people playing regular and playing very well. So he understands that.
“But don’t take that as finished, that’s for sure. He has a great fitness level, but I think some people need games.”