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Summary

  1. Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park
  2. FT: Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland
  3. Shaun Maloney curls home superb winner
  4. 'I'm a proud man tonight' - Strachan
  5. 'I didn't think we were going to lose' - O'Neill
  6. Poland top Group D on 10 points
  7. Scotland/Rep of Ireland/Germany all on seven

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Scotland march on

So, with a flash of his right boot Shaun Maloney gave Scotland victory and a tremendous boost in their quest to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

Gordon Strachan expressed pride in his players while a disappointed Martin O'Neill said he believed his side would avoid defeat in a frenetic game.

Poland top Group D with 10 points, with the Scots, Germany and the Republic of Ireland in the chasing pack on seven points.

Scotland goalscorer Shaun Maloney
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Thanks for your company tonight. We'll be back next Tuesday for the small matter of Scotland's friendly against the Auld Enemy, England, also at Celtic Park.

Enjoy your weekend and we hope you can join us then. Cheers.

Scotland ease home

You can read Alasdair Lamont's match report on Scotland's victory

here.

Scotland players celebrate at full-time
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Mark Kerr: The Hampden Roar should be on the pitch. How about a Scottish Haka for the rest of the qualifiers?

Dave: I love Gordon Strachan - doesnae gie an inch.

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Mark, Glasgow: When does the media frenzy start about that Malaysian player that scored for Scotland?

Ben, Edinburgh: I'd like to commend Tom English on his diplomacy tonight. Willie Miller saying we could be happy with a draw in Ireland? Barmy. Let's keep our ambitions high and lose the "wee country" mentality. Braw result tonight, though.

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Kev in Kirrie: What a goal! Every time I've seen Andy Robertson for Scotland he has been superb for such a young boy. Credit to Gordon Strachan for putting faith in him. Did I mention what a goal?

Joe, Glasgow: The main thing to remember about tonight is: when you assume everyone is guaranteed full points against Gibraltar, Scotland are on 13 pts, Poland 13, Germany 10 and Ireland 10.

Fraser the proud Arab: Andy Robertson was immense tonight. A legend in the making.

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BBC Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart: Have always thought we have enough talent to do better than we have. Delighted Strachan is now showing that, we can do this.

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Gordon Strachan speaks to the media after his Scotland side's win.

Scotland media conference
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Manager reaction

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland

Rep of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "It was frenetic and stop start in many aspects. Overall, I didn't think we were going to lose the game. Naturally we're disappointed [with conceding the goal from the short corner] we didn't react quickly enough.

Roy Keane (left) and Martin O'Neill
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"It's a long process, we were beaten tonight but we've got seven points, like Scotland, and they've got to come to us."

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Scott Learmonth: Hampden needs to be rebuilt so it can have the same atmosphere that this game and both the cup finals had.

Manager reaction

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "I am a proud man tonight. That was an epic duel. We knew what was going to happen and we dealt with that. It was hard, we kept trying to play and from a Stuart McCall corner kick we scored a goal!

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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"Stuart had the idea. It was a variation on what we were going to try and it worked, you need to be a great player to score a goal like that. Ireland were a handful all night, it was like a British cup tie. This is the hardest group of them all and one goal decides every game."

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Colin McGregor: "@BBCSportScot great result from Scotland. What a goal. Now for the All Blacks tomorrow #backingblue"

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Dave: "Just heard the chant "Wee Chesney's tartan army!!" What a result."

Group D rivals

Germany crushed Gibraltar tonight, with Thomas Muller firing a double in a 4-0 victory.

Thomas Muller (centre) scored a double for Germany
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Finding the onion bag

Tom English

BBC Scotland

Poland have scored four tonight and this, if it's between the Poles and Scotland, could come down to goal difference.

BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon is a relieved man following Scotland's Euro 2016 victory and does well to convey his thoughts without straying into intemperate language.

The Sportsound pundits share a chuckle as he steadies the ship!

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Mark Keane: Scotland need to go everywhere and win (full stop). The attitude has to be right, nothing less will do. Complacency costs.

Scotland march on

Shaun Maloney's superb goal 15 minutes from time was enough to secure victory for Gordon Strachan's men.

Charlie Mulgrew and Shaun Maloney
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Finlay from Fife: Who was it that predicted a scrappy game with a winner 15 minutes from time?

Not guilty Finlay! Bryan Adams perhaps?

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Anonymous: "Louis Walsh , Boyzone, James Joyce, Roy Keane, The Commitments, Westlife, Father Ted, Father Jack, Father Dougal, former president Mary Robinson, Brian O'Driscoll, Pat Bonner, Aiden McGeady, can you hear me? Can you hear me? Your boys took a hell of a beating!!!"

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Scotland

Tam and Stuart want your reaction to the match! Tune in to an #OffTheBall special from 2200 on @BBCRadioScot.

Scotland climb table

After four games, Poland lead Group D with 10 points, with Scotland, Germany and the Republic of Ireland all on seven.

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Anne-Marie: "As a Scot watching in County Armagh surrounded by Ireland fans I am immensely proud! Superb performance by Scotland. #bbcsportscotland."

FULL-TIME

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland

It was tense, it was hard-fought and it may prove crucial in Scotland's bid to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals. Hero Shaun Maloney takes the acclaim of the Scotland fans inside a pulsating Celtic Park while Gordon Strachan gets a hug from his assistant Stuart McCall.

HITS THE WOODWORK

A late, late Republic of Ireland free kick hits the crossbar and Scotland survive; it's a corner. The set piece causes fear and alarm in Scottish ranks but they somehow get it clear.

Martin O'Neill has his head in his hands; Gordon Strachan gives a relieved blow of his cheeks.

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland

The visitors' attacks are becoming increasingly desperate and Robbie Keane gives David Marshal an It's A Knockout bump as he chases down a long ball. Marshall gives Keane a puzzled look and another minute ebbs away.

YELLOW CARD

Republic of Ireland substitute Stephen Quinn earns a yellow for a WWE challenge that sends Charlie Mulgrew flying into the Glasgow night sky. We have four minutes of added time to play.

SUBSTITUTION

Accompanied by a Gerard Butler 300-style roar by the crowd, Darren Fletcher comes on for Ikechi Anya as Scotland manager Gordon Strachan seeks to see out this game.

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland have four minutes plus added time remaining in which to find an equaliser. A nervous hush blankets Celtic Park as Aiden McGeady steals in between flying Scottish boots as he probes for an opening.

However, the Scots appear determined to hold onto this lead and secure three crucial points.

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Bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball Yes, yes, yes...Maloney..yes. Thank you, son."

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Mark Keane: Yesssssssssss! Keep going! #bbcscotfootball

Tom and 20 others: Sorry Thomas, but I'm now skipping between your updates and the live text updates of that Bryan Adams concert...

'Just keep it going'

"Just keep going the way it's going," purrs BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller like a contented Rolls Royce moving off the forecourt and into the night.

SUBSTITUTION

In a last roll of the dice, Martin O'Neill sends on baby-faced assassin Robbie Keane for Jeff Hendrick.

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland

Moments before Maloney's breathtaking opener, Scotland hit the bar when Jon Walters tried desperately to clear Charlie Mulgrew's dangerous free-kick.

What a finish we have in store in this pulsating Euro 2016 encounter. The Scotland fans create a mighty din as Flower of Scotland washes over Celtic Park; 12 minutes plus added time remaining.

GOAL

Scotland 1-0 Rep of Ireland (Maloney 74mins)

Celtic Park is alive with the roar of the Tartan Army roar as they acclaim a quite brilliant goal. A short corner is flicked by Scott Brown into Shaun Maloney's path and the pint-sized attacker arrows a superb goal away from David Forde into the far corner. Reminiscent of the goal Manchester United's Norman Whiteside scored against Everton at Wembley a lifetime ago.

Shaun Maloney celebrates firing Scotland in front
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Keane to impress?

What was that we were saying about Roy Keane being as meek as a lamb tonight? Eagle-eyed whistler Milorad Mazic peeps for Keane to join him for a chat on the touchline.

Like a gunslinger in the film Tombstone, Keane, chewing gum ten to the dozen, approaches and gives the referee the STARE. A quick reprimand and he's sent back to the dugout. You could feel the ill wind there...

SUBSTITUTION

Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn are on for Shane Long and Darron Gibson as the Republic of Ireland shuffler their pack.

Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

Scotland striker Steven Naimsith
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Steven Naismith has been at the heart of much of Scotland's creative play, but it remains goalless at Celtic Park.

CLOSE!

Steven Naismith skips down the right, displaying Ninja-like reflexes to evade Irish capture before threading a ball across goal for substitute Chris Martin... who fires a shot inches wide.

Martin could've been in "Para-Para-Paradise" there...

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Michael Docherty: Yet again proof that Steven Fletcher is a hindrance at international level.

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Mark Keane: "Scotland are stuck in the chimp paradox, they need to start thinking and set the tone. Come on Scotland! #bbcscotfootball."