Scotland secured another big win on the road to World Cup 2022 qualification with a 1-0 victory over Slovakia at Hampden.
It was another gritty display but Steve Clarke’s men got the job done, a Lyndon Dykes goal enough to keep Scotland top of their Nations League group and seven unbeaten. From a Manchester United star to an Aberdeen debutant, there were top-class performances across the pitch.
Here are our picks for the four of the best individual displays from Sunday night’s victory.
The Newcastle United winger won Man of the Match for his efforts against Slovakia. Playing in a free role behind Dykes, the Newcastle man was able to make himself Scotland’s most dangerous man in attack.
Playing out of position, Clarke giving him creative freedom seemed to allow the winger to attack Slovakia’s defence at will, with good end results.
Manchester United may have a good midfielder in McTominay but Scotland seem to have a very good centre-back. After a suspect first game in the role last month against Israel, McTominay is now shining in defence.
He has become a rock in the 3-5-2 system Clarke is implementing. Nothing got past him all night, allowing Scotland to pick up another clean sheet against Slovakia. The Manchester United star had critics last month but they have been silenced.
The QPR forward has made himself Scotland’s number one striker on the international scene. That’s now two goals in four games, his overall play also catching the Tartan Army’s eye.
His goal against Slovakia was poacher-like, creeping in behind to convert Stephen O’Donnell’s brilliant cross. Getting Dykes to choose navy blue over Australia is perhaps one of Clarke’s best moves as Scotland boss.
In a time of little joy for many as the global health pandemic continues to affect our lives, there have been few feel-good stories. It’s a testament to Aberdeen’s one-club man the outpouring of support he received on Sunday night.
Considine made his Scotland debut at the age of 33 and shone on his first navy blue appearance. He’s been underrated for so many years and fans of all clubs could tell just how much it meant to the experienced defender to pull on the national team shirt.