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New Scots boss McLeish makes solid Nations start at Hampden

Scotland 2 Albania 0

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Scotland's Steven Naismith celebrates scoring their first goal.  Photo: Reuters

Scotland's Steven Naismith celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters

Scotland's Steven Naismith celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters

Scotland began their Nations League campaign with an encouraging 2-0 win over Albania at Hampden Park.

Alex McLeish's side had suffered a chastening 4-0 defeat by Belgium on Friday night but they bounced back in their opening Group C1 fixture.

Scotland should have scored in the 23rd minute when John McGinn's lofted free-kick into the box was headed across goal by Charlie Mulgrew to Steven Naismith but from six yards the former Rangers and Everton forward headed off the post with the ball speeding back across goal and away to safety.

The second half was barely two minutes old when skipper Andy Robertson's deep cross to the back post was met by Naismith whose header came off Berat Xhimshiti and into his own net.

The Scots made sure of the points when when Naismith was on hand to head a McGinn corner into an empty net, after the ball had only been partially cleared by defender Frederic Veseli with keeper Strakosha in no man's land on 68 minutes.


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