Scotland claim welcome win | 2018-09-12 | daily-sun.com

Scotland claim welcome win

Afp, Glasgow     11th September, 2018 10:10:04 printer

Steven Naismith was on target as Scotland marked Alex McLeish’s first competitive match since coming back for a second spell as manager by beating Albania 2-0 at a sodden Hampden on Monday.

The Hearts forward Naismith, 31, had an eventful night, forcing Berat Xhimshiti into scoring the own goal that put Scotland ahead just after half-time before he scored the second goal that clinched victory.

After losing five of their last six games — all friendlies — and scoring only once in that time, Scotland needed this as they begin their latest quest to qualify for a first major tournament since 1998.

This was their first game in the new UEFA Nations League, a competition which offers the carrot of a possible qualifying spot for Euro 2020.

After this result, they are level with Albania on three points in Group 1 of the third-tier League C.

“This was always the focus. People were talking about win ratios but I’m not worried about that. It’s about building a team and we’ve had the very hardest tests possible,” McLeish told Sky Sports.


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