Kieran Tierney helped Scotland take a huge step towards UEFA Nations League promotion and a potential Euro 2024 play-off spot by beating Ukraine 3-0 at Hampden Park.
Our defender played 86 minutes of the game at left-back, which was won thanks to a John McGinn goal and a Lyndon Dykes brace and saw the Scots leapfrog their opponents into top spot in Group B1 with two games remaining for both sides.
The result also exacted a measure of revenge for the hosts, who had seen their dream of reaching the 2022 World Cup ended by the same opponents during the summer - a game Tierney missed through injury.
However his return last night was welcomed as he laid on the all-important assist for the crucial opening goal as prodded pass through the Ukrainian defence was turned home by McGinn in the 70th minute, and ensured Tierney's unbeaten run in a Scotland shirt extended to nine matches.
Having won his 33rd cap last night, he will be hoping to extend that record when Steve Clarke's team return to Hampden to take on the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, before a potential top-spot shootout against Ukraine in Poland the following Tuesday.
As well as last night's game, Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss out on that meeting with his clubmate Tierney after injury ruled him out of action during this international break.
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