Luxembourg U-21 1-5 Scotland U-21

Jordan Rhodes (right) celebrates
Rhodes (right) scored three goals for Scotland's Under-21s in Luxembourg

Jordan Rhodes fired a hat-trick as Scotland Under-21s continued their European qualifying campaign with a thumping win over Luxembourg.

Alex MacDonald's long-range effort squirmed past home goalkeeper Philippe Hahm on the half-hour before he set up Rhodes for a diving header.

Rhodes fired another before the break and headed in a Gregg Wylde cross after 63 minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Goncalo Almeida replied from long range before Paul Hanlon headed home.

Coach Billy Stark had made five changes from the side that started their campaign with a goalless draw with Bulgaria - Liverpool defender Danny Wilson returned to the side after a spell in the senior side - and the Scots dominated from start to finish.

However, the star of the show was Huddersfield striker Rhodes, the English-born son of former Dunfermline Athletic goalkeeper Andy who qualifies for Scotland because he spent more than five years of his school days north of the Border.

And Stark was delighted with his new front pairing of Rhodes and MacDonald, the Burnley forward who has had loan spells at Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the last two seasons.

"It is good to see the front players scoring," said the coach.

"Alex had a really good match. He was probably surprised he started. It was an important goal by him.

"We had to be patient. It was very sticky, because Luxembourg made it difficult and covered the areas.

"We had to make gaps to get the chance to break through. We had to be vigilant and concentrate.

"We made some good passes and kept things moving. After the two goals, the game changed completely for us."

Luxembourg U21: Hahm, Martino, Veiga, Bernard, Dragovic, Holter, Texeira (Correia 75), Raphael De Sousa, Alunni (Almeida 37), Turpel, Deville (Kitenge 46). Subs Not Used: Menster, Jackson, Valletta, Deidda.

Goals: Almeida 82.

Scotland U21: Adam, Jack, Hanlon, Wilson, Perry, Palmer, MacDonald, Wotherspoon, Rhodes (Griffiths 73), Allan (Russell 78), Wylde (Pawlett 64). Subs Not Used: Ridgers, Cole, Booth, Armstrong.

Goals: MacDonald 29, Rhodes 33, 43, 63, Hanlon 87.

Att: 320

Ref: Clayton Pisani (Malta).

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