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…

 

FULL INTERNATIONALS

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

UNDER-21

 

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. 

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. 

 

UNDER-19

 

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. 

 

 

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