Scottish player ratings as goals from John McGinn and Lyndon Dykes seal win over Ukraine to keep Nations League dream alive

THREE and easy.

That’s in terms of goals and points for Scotland tonight – but not in ten.

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Lyndon Dykes celebrates full time with his Scottish teammatesCredit: EPA
Kieran Tierney leads the full-time applause after a strong performance at left-back

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Kieran Tierney leads the full-time applause after a strong performance at left-backCredit: Kenny Ramsay

Those were decent scores across the board for Steve Clarke’s men after a well-deserved 3-0 win over Ukraine in Hampden.

A win wasn’t necessary but a good result was and it was as positive as Clarke could have hoped for.

What a turnaround from the summer, when a 3-1 loss to Ukraine ended our World Cup hopes and was quickly followed by a terrible 3-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland.

Here’s how we rated the Dark Blues…

Everton and Scotland star Nathan Patterson stretched against Ukraine
Eight audible as Scotland watches the applause in memory of the Queen in Hampden

Craig Gordon: The 39-year-old had just one notable save to make in the first half as he made his 71st international appearance. Off his line quickly to deny Dovbyk after the break. 6

Nathan Patterson: Started impressively and was the best player on the pitch before being sent off with a knee injury after appearing to catch his cleats on the turf. Sad sight leaving Hampden on a stretcher. 6

Jack Hendry: Forged a good understanding with McKenna in the heart of the defense. Asserted from the start and looked more comfortable in a back four. Read the game well and eliminate any danger. seven

Scott McKenna: Strong in the air and fast on deck. Did the basics well to keep Ukraine at bay. His cast was also impressive. Rarely wasted a pass. Almost marked. seven

Kieran Tierney: Back in the Scottish fold for the first time in six months. He returned to his favorite left-back role and was solid and reliable as always. Went close with a late volley. seven

Scott McTominay: Seemed much more comfortable in front of the defense rather than being part of it. Breaking the game smartly and always ready to bomb forward to be part of any attack. Decent change. seven

Callum McGregor: Quietly effective at the base of midfield. Nothing flashy or overly extravagant, but the Celtic captain’s crisp passing and 360-degree vision helped dictate the pace of the game. 6

Stuart Armstrong: Tremendous industry and intelligence in the middle of the park. Blazed on the hour mark with the goal at his mercy, then went past the post after some great work from Adams. Subbed late. 6

John McGinn: The spare skipper suffered a labor force in the engine room. Exceptional strength and awareness to turn Bondar and then fire a low shot into the bottom corner midway through the second half. 8

Ryan Christie: I received a license to move around and I held excellent positions. Provided great deliveries from the flank and always looked dangerous. Could have done better with a nod from Armstrong’s head. seven

Che Adams: Led the line well and did his best to tie the play. Brutally eliminated by Bondar as he charged on goal. Hit the bar with a close range header then make a second attempt muffled by the keeper. Had to score. Replaced. 6

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Aaron Hickey: Substituted for the injured Patterson in the 25th minute and duly picked up where the Everton man left off. seven

Ryan Fraser: On for Armstrong and provided two corners in quick succession for Dykes to score. 6

Lyndon Dykes: A few cameos. Replaced Adams and made an immediate impact. Rose impressively to send two towering headers past Ukrainian keeper Trubin. seven

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Kenny McLean: Given a five-minute run in midfield. 2

Greg Taylor: Replaced great pal Tierney at the end. 2


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