IT’S been a busy and, for some, a successful week on the international front for Rangers’ players. Here’s our review of how those away from the club and have played have performed so far…
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
Northern Ireland: Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Gareth McAuley
Northern Ireland got off the the perfect start in Euro 2020 qualifying with a 2-0 defeat of Estonia on Thursday night and a 2-1 success over Belarus last night, with both matches played at a raucous Windsor Park. Both Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty started both matches, with Davis netting a crucial, clinching penalty in the Estonia game (below).
Gareth McAuley was an unused substitute for the Belarus match, and with the two victories, the Ulstermen sit top of Group C. Next up for them is a double header in June, again against Estonia and Belarus but this time away from home.
Glen Kamara: Finland
Finland certainly weren’t disgraced as they frustrated Italy for long periods of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Italy with Glen Kamara in the centre of midfield before on Tuesday, he helped them to a 2-0 win away to Armenia. In June, they host Bosnia and travel to Liechtenstein in a group which also features Greece.
Borna Barisic: Croatia
Borna Barisic had mixed fortunes in his two international matches over the weekend. He netted his first international goal for Croatia in their 2-1 win over Azerbaijan on Thursday but then had to go off injured after just 30 minutes of their 2-1 defeat at Hungary last night. Croatia play Wales in Osijek in June in their next match in Group E.
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Eros Grezda: Albania
Eros Grezda came on in the 58th minute of Albania’s qualifier with Turkey on Friday, but by that point they were already trailing 2-0. He started their next match away to Andorra which they won 2-0. They face Iceland away and Moldova at home in June in a group which also contains France.
AFCON 2019 Qualifying
Lassana Coulibaly: Mali
Lassana Coulibaly played the full 90 minutes for Mali in their 3-0 defeat of South Sudan on Saturday. Already qualified for this summer’s African Cup of Nations, Mali then played Senegal last night in a friendly with Lassana again playing the full 90 in a 2-1 loss.
International Challenge Match
Alfredo Morelos: Colombia
Alfredo Morelos made an appearance from the bench for Colombia in their 1-0 win away to Japan in a friendly on Friday before starting against South Korea on Tueasday in another friendly as they build towards this summer’s Copa America. He played 45 minutes against the Koreans before being replaced by James Rodriguez.
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International Challenge Matches
Ross McCrorie, Robby McCrorie, Kieran Wright: Scotland
Scotland under-21s faced two friendly matches over the break, drawing 0-0 with Mexico and then being beaten 2-1 by Sweden on Monday. Ross McCrorie started both matches, while brother Robby was in the nets for the Sweden game. Kieran Wright was an unused sub for both.
Danny Finlayson, Cammy Palmer: Northern Ireland
Both Danny Finlayson and Cammy Palmer made their Northern Ireland under-21 debuts in a friendly win for Northern Ireland over Bulgaria on Friday. They followed that up with a 2-1 win over Mexico, with Cammy claiming an assist for the winning goal.
Nikola Katic: Croatia
Nikola Katic’s played the full 90 for Croatia as they came from 2-0 down away to Italy to claim a very creditable 2-2 draw.
Myles Beerman: Malta
Myles Beerman was in the starting XI for Malta in their 2-1 friendly victory over Turkmenistan in Antalya on Friday. Myles again featured against Kosovo yesterday as they fell to a 1-0 loss.
UEFA Euro Under-19 Championship 2019 Qualifiers
Jordan Houston, Stephen Kelly, Lewis Mayo, Dapo Mebude, Glenn Middleton, Zak Rudden, Matty Shiels: Scotland
Scotland have given themselves a shot at qualification for this summer’s Euro Under-19 Championship by beating Turkey and Cyprus in their Elite Round qualifying group. Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Glenn Middleton and Zak Rudden played in both matches while Dapo Mebude started against Turkey and Stephen Kelly against Cyprus. Matty Shiels came off the bench in both games, while Zak grabbed one goal against Turkey in a 3-1 win and a hat-trick against Cyprus in a 4-0 success. Glenn netted the other in the win over the Cypriots.
The final match against Portugal was to end in a 4-0 defeat to scupper Gers hopes of qualification, with Houston, Mayo, Middleton, Rudden and Kelly playing in that one.
UEFA Euro Under-17 Championship 2019 Qualifiers
Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy, Leon King, Harris O’Connor: Scotland
Unfortunately for Scotland, their hopes of qualifying for the Under-17 Euros this summer are over following a 2-0 loss to Portugal and 3-0 reverse to Russia over the weekend. Ciaran Dickson and Kai Kennedy started both matches. The final match ended 1-1 against Poland with Kai Kennedy claiming an assist for the equaliser.
Kyle McClelland, Chris McKee: Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s qualification hopes are also at an end with a 5-0 defeat to Holland and 2-0 reverse to the Czech Republic. Kyle McClelland started both matches while Chris McKee started the Holland match.