Former Celtic duo seal win for Scotland over Ireland, McGregor plays 90 mins

Scotland beat Ireland 2-1 at Hampden last night to consolidate their position at the top of their UEFA Nations League group. Goals from two former Celtic players, Jack Hendry and Ryan Christie sealed the turnaround as Scotland showed enormous heart.

After John Egan struck with a half-chance in the first half, Scotland huffed and puffed but Ireland held out. The second half greatly improved as Scotland attacked from the get-go and created chances. Jack Hendry started and finished a move, driving out of defence before heading the ball into the net. Ryan Christie converted from the spot with ten minutes to go.

Celtic skipper McGregor was excellent again in the midfield for Steve Clarke’s team. As he so often is for Ange Postecoglou’s side, McGregor is right at the centre of this Scotland team working with his colleagues and instigating attacks. He was joined on the pitch by Greg Taylor and Tony Ralston were both brought on for Kieran Tierney and Aaron Hickey. The pair were solid as they helped the Scots get across the line.

The game in Warsaw during the week will see Scotland play for promotion and a Euro 2024 Play-Off. A draw in the Group B1 finale on Tuesday against Ukraine. The camp has resulted in a number of injuries and hopefully the Celtic contingent will remain unscathed.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

1 Comment

  1. McGregor was hit n miss, gave the ball away needlessly a few times, one of which led to Irelands counter that should’ve ended with a goal.

    Taylor was excellent for the most part, done his defensive duties well and played a part in the equaliser when the Irish defence were kept busy trying to keep track of his off the ball movement, allowing his teammate to work some magic with his cross for Hendry.

    I don’t remember much of Ralston but thats probably a good thing