Club News

International round up

12th October 2018

John Souttar and Steven Naismith won their 3rd and 48th caps respectively for Scotland last night.

The duo both started as Scotland fell to a 2-1 defeat in Israel, with Souttar seeing red in the second-half after a second yellow card.

Scotland remain top of Group C1 on goal difference and face Portugal on Sunday in a friendly match at Hampden.

Jake Mulraney was a second-half substitute for Republic of Ireland U21s last night as they also lost out in Israel in a European Championship qualifier.

The home side ran out 3-1 winners, which ended Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the finals through the play-offs.

Jimmy Dunne was an unused sub but the Hearts pair have another opportunity for game time on Tuesday when they travel to Germany for their final group game.

There was better news for Bobby Burns’ Northern Ireland U21s yesterday as they beat Iceland 1-0 in Reykjavik. The on-loan Livingston man started the game and the victory sets up a winner-takes-all clash with Slovakia at Windsor Park on Tuesday, with a win giving either side a great chance of finishing as one of the best runners-up and booking a play-off place for the European Championship finals.

Michael Smith and Aaron Hughes could feature for Northern Ireland’s senior team tonight when they face Austria in Vienna. The Nations League encounter kicks off at 7.45pm and Michael O’Neill’s side will be looking to bounce back from their opening day loss against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Colin Doyle’s Republic of Ireland are in action on Saturday. They take on Denmark in Dublin in the Nations League and searching for their first points following a 4-1 first game defeat in Wales.

Anthony McDonald and Chris Hamilton’s Scotland U18s line up against France today in a friendly match in Malaga. McDonald started in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan, while Hamilton was named amongst the substitutes.