Scotland manager Steve Clarke admitted it was “disappointing” to lose captain Andy Robertson prior to their 3-0 defeat in Belgium on Tuesday night.
Robertson was expected to skipper the Scots in their 2020 European Championship qualifier and had taken part in pre-match media duties for that encounter.
But the defender, who scored in Scotland’s 2-1 victory over Cyprus on Saturday, was forced to pull out of the game with a hamstring injury.
It proved to be a huge blow for new manager Clarke, who missed his star man’s presence as Belgium romped to a comfortable victory.
“It’s disappointing to lose someone of Andy’s experience – certainly for a game like this,” Clarke told Sky Sports ahead of the match.
“He tried everything he could [to be ready for today], he did the training session last night, but he woke up and still felt it so no good.”
The manager later insisted he had no qualms throwing Greg Taylor in for his Scotland debut in the 3-0 defeat by Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium.
The 21-year-old Kilmarnock left-back came in to replace injured skipper Robertson for the toughest of tough European Championship qualifiers in Brussels.
Taylor helped the well-organised and diligent visitors hold out against the star-studded Red Devils until just before the break when striker Romelu Lukaku headed in a cross from skipper Eden Hazard.
Lukaku doubled his tally in the second half before Kevin De Bruyne scored a late third – but Clarke, who was Taylor’s boss at Killie, was pleased with Taylor’s performance.
“He didn’t surprise me,” said the Scotland boss. “I worked with Greg for 18 months and I knew he was ready.
“I thought his performance was excellent from start to finish. It was a big ask for him but I know his temperament, I know his character.
“He showed everyone that he was deserving of his start that he got.”