RANGERS had players in action all over the world during international week. We have pulled together a review of where they were and how they did.
The goalkeeper sat out Scotland’s 4-0 defeat to Belgium on Friday evening but was back between the sticks for the visit of Albania in the new UEFA Nations League on Monday evening. The 36-year-old kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win at Hampden as former Ger Steven Naismith netted once and had a hand in the second, which went down as an own goal. McGregor played the entire 90 minutes in his first game for his national side since March. The appearance takes him to 39 caps.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 10, 2018
Opposite to McGregor the midfielder featured in the friendly against Belgium but remained on the bench against Albania. The 26-year-old came on in the 53rd minute with Scotland already 3-0 down, against the side ranked number two in the world. He put in a decent display, going close with a shot four minutes from time. After injured curtailed his return to the Scotland set-up last season, in November against Holland, it meant Jack picked up his second cap for his country.
SCOTLAND UNDER 21s
The 20-year-old was handed the captain’s armband of the Under 21s ahead of their games, meaning he has now captained his country at every age group. McCrorie then oversaw a 3-0 win over Andorra on Friday evening in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers. He played another 90 minutes in an assured and impressive win over Holland on Tuesday night. The results leave him and his teammates second in Group 4 on goal difference, six points behind England, ahead of next summer’s Under 21 Euro 2019 Championships in Italy and San Marino.
Hard fought victory!!! Absolutely buzzing🏴👏🏼 https://t.co/5GkyL9w3L8
— Ross McCrorie (@RossMcCrorie4) September 11, 2018
The stopper wasn’t involved in the 21s win against Andorra but played the entirety of the 2-1 win over the Netherlands – Scotland’s second victory over them in 12 months. The result came in dramatic fashion with Everton’s Fraser Hornby netting the winner with an 88th minute penalty and McCrorie played a significant role in the game.
Extracts from the SFA’s match report recall: “The hosts upped the ante, however, and Robby McCrorie was called into action in spectacular style on 64 minutes, dropping low to his left to somehow claw out a net-bound strike from captain Guus Til. McCrorie repeated the trick a couple of minutes later to deny substitute Richairo Zivkovic, but there was nothing the big shot-stopper could do about the leveller that followed on 70 minutes.”
Unbelievable win tonight🏴 class from the lads💙 !! https://t.co/d5jmiLMo2M
— RMC (@RobbyMcCrorie1) September 11, 2018
It was a top performance for @RobbyMcCrorie1 between the sticks for Scotland Under-21s last night.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 12, 2018
SCOTLAND UNDER 19s
Scotland played Poland twice in international week in a double of friendlies. Winger Middleton played 80 minutes of the first game, a 3-1 win, racking up an assist for each goal, he then came on as a substitute on the hour mark in the second game. Despite a 4-3 defeat in that game Middleton made his mark again, netting in the 79th minute as the Scots mounted a late comeback.
Good 3-1 win tonight against Poland! Solid performance, very happy too get 3 assists too! 🏴
— Glenn Middleton (@Glenn_M22) September 6, 2018
The 18-year-old played a pivotal role in the 19s 3-1 win over Poland on Thursday; he scored the Scot’s first after they had trailed at the break. He didn’t feature in the second match. It means the striker, currently on loan to Falkirk, now has nine caps for the Under 19s and has scored twice.
— Zak Rudden (@zakorudden) September 6, 2018
The midfielder picked up his first cap in this age group as he played 74 minutes of the Under 19s first match over the international week.
Good 3-1 win for the boys vs Poland! Solid performance and good to be back with the squad🏴 https://t.co/NBT6JsuZZR
— Stephen (@stephenkelly_50) September 6, 2018
The defender played 90 minutes in the 19s first match against Poland and an hour of the 4-3 defeat on Sunday. It was the 18-year-old’s first appearances at Under 19 level for his country.
Unfortunate end to what has been an excellent week in Poland with the boys! Always an honour…🏴💙 pic.twitter.com/z6XtmGmrfW
— Jordan Houston (@jordanhhousty) September 9, 2018
The 18-year-old was a half-time sub in the 3-1 win over Poland and played 90 minutes in the 4-3 loss. It takes him to three caps at Under 19 level.
Northern Ireland kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday and the striker started at Windsor Park. Lafferty and his teammates were incredibly unlucky to lose the game 2-1, as they squandered a hatful of opportunities, including a backpost header from the 29-year-old. He was substituted in the 69th minute for Wigan forward Will Grigg, who went on to score Northern Ireland’s only goal of the game in the third minute of stoppage time.
Lafferty was then an unused substitute in his country’s friendly on Tuesday evening, as they beat Israel 3-0.
McAuley was called up by Michael O’Neil and trained with his country last week but was not involved in the Nations League game on Saturday. His national team manager then allowed him to return to the Hummel Training Centre to start training with his new squad on Monday, having signed for the Gers just a week ago.
The left-back picked up his fourth cap for Croatia in their 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal. The 25-year-old played all 90 minutes in the World Cup finalists first game back on the international scene. Barisic was part of the preliminary squad for the 2018 tournament. He didn’t feature in Croatia’s competitive game over the break, a 6-0 defeat in the UEFA Nations League to Spain.
— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) September 6, 2018
CROATIA UNDER 21s
The 21-year-old didn’t feature in Croatia’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier against Belarus, which his side won 4-0. The Croatians sit second in Group 1 three points behind Greece, who they face in October.
Arfield was named captain of his national side ahead of the CONCACAF 2019/20 Nations League Qualifier on Sunday and then put in a Man of the Match performance. Canada’s 8-0 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands stood as a record as the most ever goals scored by a Men’s Senior National Team in international competition. That record was quickly eradicated due to 10-0 and 13-0 wins in the same competition in later games but kicked off their qualifying campaign is style in Florida.
Your 🍁 captain Scott Arfield
Proud Moment yesterday 🇨🇦⚽ pic.twitter.com/W9oiBT23eZ
— arfield (@scottyarf) September 10, 2018
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) September 9, 2018
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) September 9, 2018
Morelos made his international debut as he replaced his footballing idol Radamel Falcao in the 76th minute of Colombia’s friendly with Venezuela. Locals in the striker’s home town of Cerete gathered round to watch the historic moment for the 22-year-old as his country won 2-1 in Miami with a 90th minute winner. He was an unused sub in their 0-0 draw with Argentina on Tuesday.
— Alfredo Morelos (@morelos2106) September 10, 2018