By Danny Wright

24th Mar, 2018 | 10:15am

'Honking' - BBC pundit blasts Newcastle senior player for international display

BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus has blasted Newcastle United star Matt Ritchie for his performance for Scotland on Friday night.

In Alex McLeish’s first game in charge of Scotland, Ritchie, 28, last 87 minutes before being substituted off for Rangers’ Jamie Murphy.

The Magpies senior player had little impact all game and could not do much to prevent his nation from losing 1-0 to Costa Rica, who are preparing for the World Cup in Russia.

Former Hibernian forward McManus did not only slam Ritchie but he also was not impressed by Scott McTominay and Tom Cairney, who has reportedly been a target of Newcastle in the past.

“Ritchie has been honking. McTominay was decent if unspectacular but he’s not a flashy player. Cairney was quiet,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Friday night.

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Ritchie has divided opinions among Newcastle fans this season. Many have been impressed with his performances while others believe that his top displays are few and far between. He has made 30 appearances in all competitions this term, scored two goals and supplied six assists. For the Magpies to push away from the relegation zone and finish in a mid-table spot, Ritchie needs to up those numbers because they’re not that great for an attacking winger and set-piece taker. The Scot was fantastic in August and September but he needs to replicate that form now.

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