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  1. Christophe Berra header breaks deadlock for Scotland
  2. First meeting between the nations since since 2011
  3. Warm-up for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifiers
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By Colin Moffat

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That's enough from me. Like an awful lot of friendlies, the game at Hampden will not live long in the memory, but it's a useful warm-up act for Sunday.

Best of luck for Sunday when Northern Ireland host Finland and Scotland take on Gibraltar at Hampden. Make sure you join us for coverage of those Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Good night.

The BBC Radio Scotland team are busy debating what the formation will be against Gibraltar - and they don't see Gordon Strachan tinkering too much with his usual shape and going with two strikers. Full-backs Alan Hutton and Andrew Robertson were rested tonight and they are both fond of rampaging forward, so maybe those two will be prominent attackers at Hampden.

More from Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"I was delighted for Darren Fletcher. I thought he was terrific for the whole game.

"[On the captaincy] I've got decisions to make, good ones..."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

"I thought the first half hour was good for a friendly, we showed a good attitude. But the game wobbled and died a bit until the last 15 minutes. But we kept plugging away and doing the right things.

"And to win the game and keep a clean sheet is good.

"I got what I expected from the players. Some were better than others. We'll do some hard work on Friday and Saturday and I have a plan in mind for Sunday and we go into the game feeling good about ourselves."

And what about the Scotland captaincy? It was good to see Darren Fletcher back in the middle of the park and he was neat and tidy. Scott Brown, who was rested entirely tonight, perhaps offers more drive and do you need two deep-lying midfielders at home to Gibraltar?

Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor got a half each tonight. Does that mean David Marshall will get his place back on Sunday? Either way, the Scotland goalkeeper should not be too busy against Gibraltar, who are yet to score in Euro 2016 qualifying.

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Ross McKenzie: "We go 1 nil down and our fans get louder. Best fans in Europe. #bbcscotfootball #GAWA"

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

"When you make so many substitutions, you are continually changing markers from set-pieces. Under normal circumstances, I don't think we'd have lost that goal - and it's disappointing for Michael McGovern who had a good game.

"We left seven or eight of our first team players out, so it's positive to get some of the boys more experience."

Managers always talk about fringe players forcing their way into the team in games like these. But it rarely works like that does it? Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is sure to call on experienced players such as Scott Brown and Alan Hutton on Sunday, while Steven Naismith is a certain starter. Of those on the periphery, Craig Forsyth was perhaps the stand-out at left-back.

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender

"I thought the first half was exciting, it was played at a good tempo. But the game was spoiled a bit because Northern Ireland had little interest in getting forward. They defended with enthusiasm and worked hard off the ball but that approach must be a bit soul destroying in a friendly match."

Northern Ireland look forward to a home game with Finland on Sunday and the team will look very different at Windsor Park. Michael O'Neill's side are aiming to build on a great start to Euro 2016 qualifying and sit second in Group F after four matches.

Former Northern Ireland defender John O'Neill

"That was a glorified practice game, as we expected. We'd rather have had a 0-0 than a 1-0 defeat. All eyes are now on Sunday - that is a big, big game. It's the first time we've been in with a genuine shout of qualification for a major finals for a long, long time."



A win for Scotland ahead of Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Gibraltar and it was just about deserved, with the hosts doing most of the pressing.

The first half was lively, with Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern kept busy, but the second half was hard going, with lots of substitutions and nothing much to excite the small crowd at Hampden. Christophe Berra popped up with the late goal - a header from a corner.

Steven Naismith and Jordan Rhodes race forward against an exposed Northern Ireland defence but the Blackburn striker is off balance when he gets the ball and scuffs a shot straight at Michael McGovern.

We're getting an extra two minutes added. What about all the subs? Just kidding. Two more minutes is quite enough.

A nice way for Christophe Berra to celebrate his 29th cap. His last international goal came in February 2012 and tonight's takes his tally to three.

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender

"The marking from Northern Ireland was a bit suspect there, a centre-back should not be getting a free header, but it was a good finish."



Following a wee flurry from the visitors, Scotland win a corner and Christophe Berra is the unlikely goalscorer, nodding in a fizzing delivery from Matt Ritchie. Lee Hodson was guarding the post but could not alter his body shape in time to clear.

Christophe Berra celebrates

A corner to Northern Ireland as Ikechi Anya blocks a shot and Allan McGregor flaps at Pat McCourt's delivery but there is no one in blue to profit.


And another... Jonny Evans, who hasn't looked at all rusty, despite his domestic ban, makes way for Luke McCullough of Doncaster Rovers.

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender

"The two Northern Ireland centre-backs have been outstanding. They communicate really well and they are strong."


Guess what? Another change. Scotland right-back Steven Whittaker is off and Derby forward Johnny Russell is on.

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Neil in Belfast: "Looks like we are saving any shots for the Finland game."

Craig from Perth: "Scotland really need a bit a pace up top. Maybe someone like Stevie May."

Rob from Dennistoun: "This game is crying out for a rock star, and that rock star is stevie ruddy may."


Josh Magennis trots off after a good shift for the visitors and Wigan striker Billy McKay, formerly of Inverness CT, gets a taste of the action.

Steven Naismith peels away from his marker at a corner and his fizzing header flies straight into the hands of Michael McGovern. Moments later, the Northern Ireland keeper smothers a low strike from Matt Ritchie.

Scotland inject a bit of urgency into their passing as the ball is worked to Ikechi Anya in the penalty area. He dances one way, then the next, but can't squeeze his shot past the covering Lee Hodson.


Northern Ireland introduce their skipper for the last 20 minutes, as Steven Davis takes over from Ben Reeves and Ryan McLaughlin is on for Oliver Norwood.

Josh Magennis is in the lone striker's role for Northern Ireland now and there is not a team-mate in sight as he bundles his way to the edge of the penalty area. The Kilmarnock forward decides to have a crack, and why not, but his angled drive does not trouble Allan McGregor.

The possession stats are still heavily weighted in Scotland's favour but the action has really dried up. Northern Ireland have plugged the gaps out wide and are simply lapping up the hopeful, long balls the hosts are relying on now.

Paddy McNair and Ikechi Anya


More changes from Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, with striker Jordan Rhodes back for the first time since November 2013. He replaces Steven Fletcher, while James Morrison is on for James McArthur.

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James in Giffnock: "Scotland should be looking to be at least 4 up by this stage on Sunday."


Just as I was praising Chris Baird, he's hooked, along with lone striker Will Grigg. Lee Hodson and Pat McCourt are the men coming on for Northern Ireland.

The home fans are just starting to get a bit restless as Scotland continue to boss the ball but without their earlier fluency. Much of that is down to how well the visitors are closing down. Chris Baird, winning his 70th cap, is doing a fine job sitting in front of the two central defenders.

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Niall Murdoch on Twitter: "Let's get Stevie May and Jordan Rhodes on to bang in the goals #bbcscotfootball"


Craig Forsyth breaks forward again to gather a pass from Steven Fletcher and delivers another excellent delivery which finds Steven Naismith lurking at the near post but the Everton forward sends a glancing header narrowly over.

With Northern Ireland sitting in, I guess this is good practice for Scotland, who take on Gibraltar on Sunday. Will the semi-pros from the Mediterranean be as hard to break down?


We're up and running again...


Scotland make three changes at the break, with Steven Naismith, Christophe Berra and Allan McGregor on. I'm not sure keeper Craig Gordon touched the ball with his hands in the first half. Russell Martin and Shaun Maloney are the others making way.

Ikechi Anya is still there. He must simply be a polite lad, shaking hands with the officials earlier.

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Kieran on Twitter: "Passing too slow, should be experimenting with more youngsters in games like this #bbcscotfootball #gauld #Armstrong #future."

What are NI fans making of the game so far?

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Tatty from Hamilton: "James McArthur is a great player and famously does not shoot. His great strength is his solidity. He breaks up the play and drives it forward."