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Stark plays down talk of Scotland job

BILLY Stark brushed off the personal consequences of Scotland's performance after leading them to a 2-1 friendly win over Luxembourg.

An opportunist double from Jordan Rhodes had Scotland leading comfortably at half-time with the away fans in the Stade Josy Barthel hoping they could rack up a convincing win.

Such a victory would have prompted talk of caretaker manager Stark being in the running for the job on a more permanent basis, but Scotland endured some nervy moments in the second half after Lars Gerson pulled a goal back from a well-executed free-kick 90 seconds after the restart.

Scotland struggled to create chances after the break but Stark had little thought for himself after taking the team in the wake of Craig Levein's sacking.

"The bit about me and people talking about me, I can honestly and truly say it wasn't in my thoughts," the Scotland Under-21 manager said. "It doesn't bother me. What would have bothered me is if we hadn't won the game. I'm experienced enough to know that you never sit back in a game and think, 'Oh ya beauty we are 2-0 up, everything is going great'.

"Football is not like that and I think the defining moment in the second half was them getting the goal from a dubious free-kick.

"People will say you should still be able to handle that better and I would accept that. The second half was a bit disappointing but I'm happy to get the result."