Steven Naismith captained Scotland for the second time against Kazakhstan and he managed to please fans inside Hampden with a goal.
Steve Clarke’s side battled from a goal down to win 3-1 against Kazakhstan in Glasgow. It’s the third Scotland win in a row following a string of positive internationals.
Kazakhstan had gone into half time 1-0 up but an inspired second half allowed John McGinn to grab two and Naismith to score his tenth Scotland goal.
Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign ends with the nation in third, which isn’t terrible considering the disastrous nature of some results.
Naismith also managed to stake his claim for a starting berth next March when Scotland will contest the Euro 2020-play-offs. There is potential for the Tartan Army to reach it’s first major finals since 1998.
The current squad have given fans enough reason to feel quietly optimistic about qualification. That doesn’t guarantee such a feat, but the core of a good side is forming ahead of these matches.
In the meantime, some fans have praised Naismith after the Hearts striker’s second appearance as Scotland captain.
I think Naismith as captain is the way forward with mcginn being prepared for the job in the near future. Good result tonight though, no less thanthe faithful fans deserve 🏴🏴🏴
— Kevin mccormack (@Kevinmc23091983) November 19, 2019
Match 39 Scotland 3 Kazakhastan 1 @ Hampden before a hardcore Tartan Army of 19515. Excellent 2nd half from Scots showing resilience to win 3 in a row. McKenna 14 caps and some strong performances from Taylor Palmer Jack Forrest Naismith & Super McGinn. Bring on playoffs 🏴⚽️👍
— Jock Gardiner (@AberdeenTartanA) November 19, 2019
Good performance and result scotland. Alot of positive performances. Ryan jack tremendous. mcginn, christie, naismith top drawer. 3 wins in a row. Rolll on a full rocking hampden in the play offs.
— Callum Davidson (@CallumGDavidson) November 19, 2019
And huge credit to Steven Naismith for his performance tonight. Has hardly kicked a ball this season due to injury but turned up to play for his country 🏴
— Bernie68 (@bras68) November 19, 2019
McGinn, Naismith, Jack, Christie all deserving praise.
Biggest praise goes to Steve Clarke though. Difference he’s making is so stark.
Poor first half, identifies what we’re doing wrong, half time, addresses it with the players, come out and dominate, win the game convincingly https://t.co/Kk382C1yzX
— Josh (@jhendy_10) November 19, 2019
If he's in the team, Naismith is a far better choice for captain that Robertson I reckon.
— The Hampden Roar (@hampdenroarpod) November 19, 2019
That Stevie Naismith is no bad
— mikeytaylor (@mikeytaylor1875) November 19, 2019
Really pleased for Naismith getting a goal too. Been a good player over the years and proved he's still the ideal fit for the style we should be trying to play.
— Gary Feeney (@gf1987) November 19, 2019