THE international break is at an end, and a number of Rangers players have made positive contributions to their respective nations.
Here’s our review of how they all got on across a variety of different age levels…
Nigeria: Joe Aribo
Tuesday 10 September: Ukraine 2-2 Nigeria – International Friendly
Joe took just three minutes of his Nigeria debut to score in their 2-2 friendly draw away to Ukraine last night. He played the full 90 minutes, and while the Nigerians surrendered their two goal lead late-on in Dnipro, Aribo won wide praise from the ‘Super Eagles’ supporters for his efforts in the match.
— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) September 10, 2019
Croatia: Borna Barisic
Friday 6 September: Slovakia 0-4 Croatia – Euro 2020 Qualifier
Monday 9 September: Azerbaijan 1-1 Croatia – Euro 2020 Qualifier
Borna started both of Croatia’s Euro 2020 qualifying matches – a super win away to Slovakia before a rather disappointing draw against previously pointless Azerbaijan in Group E. While top of the section on 10 points, both Slovakia and Hungary are just a point behind, and Wales are four points adrift albeit with a game in hand. The October international break sees the Croatians host Hungary in Split before traveling to Cardiff to face the Welsh.
Northern Ireland: Steven Davis
Thursday 5 September: Northern Ireland 1-0 Luxembourg – International Friendly
Monday 9 September: Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany – Euro 2020 Qualifier
After coming on as a very late substitute against Luxembourg in last Thursday’s friendly, Steven went on to break the Northern Ireland record for outfield international caps with his 113th outing against Germany on Monday. Unfortunately for the Ulstermen, despite a strong showing, the Germans ran out 2-0 winners. They still sit second in Group C, level on 12 points with the Germans and three ahead of the Netherlands, who have a game in hand. However, they travel to play the Dutch next month and then finish in November by hosting Holland at Windsor Park and facing Germany in Frankfurt.
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 9, 2019
Sweden: Filip Helander
Sunday 8 September: Sweden 1-1 Norway – Euro 2020 Qualifier
Filip was an unused substitute for Sweden in their 1-1 draw with Norway on Sunday. The Swedes are second in Group F, seven points behind leaders Spain, a point ahead of Romania and two ahead of the Norwegians, with each nation having played six games so far. Next month, Sweden travel to Malta and host the Spanish.
Scotland: Ryan Jack
Friday 6 September: Scotland 1-2 Russia – Euro 2020 Qualifier
After being an unused substitute for Scotland’s defeat to Russia on Friday, Ryan had to pull out of the Scotland squad meaning he missed Monday’s Hampden clash with Belgium. The Scots are now nine points off qualification with four games left to play – next month, they take-on Russia in Moscow and San Marino at Hampden.
Finland: Glen Kamara
Thursday 5 September: Finland 1-0 Greece – Euro 2020 Qualifier
Sunday 8 September: Finland 1-2 Italy – Euro 2020 Qualifier –
Glen played 90 minutes in both matches – the win against Greece and the narrow and unfortunate defeat to Italy on Sunday. While Finland are six points behind the Italians, they still sit second – three points ahead of Armenia with four games left to play. They travel to Bosnia and host the Armenians next month.
Scotland: Stephen Kelly, Robby McCrorie, Ross McCrorie, Glenn Middleton, Kieran Wright
Thursday 5 September: Scotland 2-0 San Marino – Euro Under-21 Qualifier
Tuesday 10 September: Croatia 1-2 Scotland – Euro Under-21 Qualifier
After the 2-0 defeat of San Marino on Thursday in which Glenn Middleton netted and Robby and Ross McCrorie played, Scotland secured a superb 2-1 away win in Croatia last night. Ross started while Glenn came off the bench in that one to make it six points from their opening two matches. Next up, the Scots host Lithuania at Tynecastle and travel to the Czech Republic.
ICYMI | Watch the highlights as the #SCO21s came back from a goal down to beat Croatia in Sibenik last night.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 11, 2019
Northern Ireland: Cammy Palmer
Friday 6 September: Northern Ireland 0-0 Malta
Tuesday 10 September: Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland
Cammy came on as a substitute in Northern Ireland’s two draws with Malta and Finland. Next month they head to Denmark and Romania.
Scotland: Nathan Paterson, Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake
Thursday 5 September: Scotland 1-1 Japan – International Friendly
Monday 9 September: Scotland 2-3 Japan – International Friendly
Scotland drew one and lost one to Japan in their two friendly matches – though both goals in the 3-2 defeat were scored by Dapo Mebude.
Northern Ireland: Danny Finlayson, Kyle McClelland, Chris McKee
Thursday 5 September: Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands – International Friendly
Chris McKee grabbed a double and Kyle McClelland and Danny Finlayson kept a clean sheet in Northern Ireland’s thumping defeat of the Faroes in this friendly match.