Scotland v Ireland LIVE REACTION as Scots go top with late Christie pen & Hendry goal after Egan goal on dramatic night


FT: Scotland 2-1 Ireland

Player ratings by Colin Duncan

Craig Gordon: No chance with the opening goal after being left open by his defense. Excellent save against Troy Parrot when he went clean. arm with the ball at his feet. 6

Aaron Hickey: Enhanced his growing reputation with good acting. The Brentford youngster was Scotland’s top attacking threat from right back before limping away. 6

Jack Hendry: Started and finished the play that made it 1-1. Dribbled off defense and then burst a gut to land at the end of Christie’s cross. Made some important interceptions in the back. 8th

Scott McKenna: Another pretty confident performance from the centre-back. Stood steadfast under much Irish pressure. Booked for a hasty challenge on Chiedozie Ogbene. 6

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Kieran Tierney: Started well and played with a real sense of urgency. Not impressed when the team doctor told him he could not continue after being hit in the head by a stray Troy Parrot boot. 5

Scott McTominay: So-so midfielder. Few sloppy passes and some impressive surge runs. Won a late penalty when the header hit Alan Browne’s arm. Booking excludes him from the Ukraine game. 6

Callum McGregor: Eliminated from a tackle with Jayson Molumby leading up to Ireland goal A second almost gave a careless pass. Poor by his own high standards. 5

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Stuart Armstrong: Really struggled to get through the process as the visitors refused him time and space. He threw in a decent cross when McGinn should have scored. 58 minutes hooked. 5

John McGinn: Missed a great scoring opportunity on his 50th cap, shot wide and was at his mercy. Caught a few more good opportunities. Much better in the second half. 6

Ryan Christie: Anonymous for most of the first half. Improved massively after the break. Set up Hendry for balancing. And then kept his cool to push the late penalty home. Great goal line clearance too. 7

Lyndon Dykes: Deserves a start with his quick double against Ukraine. But look frustrated if you don’t have a decent service to support yourself from. Struggled to connect the game and was lately replaced by Adams. 5

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SUBS

Greg Taylor: Replaced the injured Tierney just before halftime. A solid shift. 6

Tony Ralston: One for the injured Hickey just before the hour mark. Well done. 5

Ryan Fraser: Forced keeper Gavin Bazuna to make great stopping moments after coming off the bench. Added some oomph to the procedure. 6

Kenny McLean: Took over Christie in midfield late. 3

Che Adams: Replaced Dykes for the last seven minutes. 2





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