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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. 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

    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.

  2. Scotland ease home

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

    Scotland players celebrate at full-time
  3. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    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.

  6. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    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
  8. 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

    "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."

  9. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

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

  10. 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

    "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."

  11. Join the debate at #bbcsportfootball

    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."

  13. 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
  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    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!

  16. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

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

  17. 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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    BBC Sport

    Scotland

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

  21. 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."

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Post update

    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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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...

  31. '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.

  32. SUBSTITUTION

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

  33. Post update

    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.

  34. 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
  35. 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...

  36. SUBSTITUTION

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

  37. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    Scotland striker Steven Naimsith

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

  38. 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...

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  40. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

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

  41. YELLOW CARD

    Another booking; this time full back Seamus Coleman has his name taken for obstructing the rampaging Andrew Robertson.

    Gordon Strachan, on the touchline, puts both hands up, Zumba class-style, pleading for a free kick. It's a tight, scrappy affair. Can either side fashion a piece of brilliance to break the deadlock?

  42. CLOSE!

    What a save! Aiden McGeady thinks he'll be celebrating a goal on his return to Celtic Park but, with low shot appearing destined for the bottom corner, David Marshall gets an oven-gloved mitt out to push the ball away.

  43. SUBSTITUTION

    Steven Fletcher trots off to be replaced by Chris Martin as Scotland boss Gordon Strachan shuffles his pack. We've got a little over half an hour remaining at Celtic Park.

  44. Scotladn 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    Roy Keane, usually aflame on the touchline with eyes like burning orbs, is calmness personified in the visitors' dugout.

    Roy Keane
  45. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Colin Brown: "@BBCSportScot @BBCRadioScot Hope Scotland can sneak it, but both teams lack a real class player."

  46. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall, like a grizzly bear securing a leaping salmon, grabs the subsequent corner with ease. It remains goalless but the game is beginning to come to the boil again...

  47. Post update

    Five minutes into the second half and the visitors are pinging the ball about the pitch with aplomb. Suddenly, they quicken the pace and Aiden McGeady fizzes in a dangerous corner and the Scotland defence do just enough to thwart Jon Walters. Corner for the Republic of Ireland.

  48. 'Irish will be happy'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "The Irish will be happy that it's a physical game but we're not; we want to get the ball down and play."

  49. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    Everton right back Seamus Coleman is seeing a lot of the ball in the opening minutes of the second half as the Republic of Ireland force a number of throw ins as they inch their way deep into Scottish territory.

  50. Text us on 80295

    Colin Simpkins from Livingston: "It's about time Steven Fletcher was dropped in favour of Jordan Rhodes, 1 goal in 20 odd matches is pathetic. What is Gordon Strachan thinking about?"

  51. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way. Goals please and plenty of them...

  52. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    It's very, very tight at Celtic Park.

    Stats from Celtic Park
  53. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    AndyBear: "#bbcscotfootball no skill from either team - all kick & rush only excitement so far has been the bad tackles."

  54. Text us on 80295

    Bruce from Dundee: "Only Gibraltar vs Germany on the box here in Mexico. Surely Alan Gilzeans "last" hat-trick for Scotland record will go when they visit Hampden? Germany 3 up, going on 10."

  55. HALF-TIME

    Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    Frustration for supporters late to arrive and filter through the turnstiles at Celtic Park. Gnashing of teeth, too, for both sides as they've come within a whisker of breaking the deadlock. At the break, it remains goalless and the slice of orange will taste bitter sweet.

    Darron Gibson and Scott Brown
  56. INJURY TIME

    Two minutes of added time at the end of an absorbing and fiercely-contested first half...

  57. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    "That [Fletcher chance] should've been taken. The ball should be in the back of the net," laments BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan trots back to his seat in the dugout and commits his thoughts to paper; he's scribbling away furiously.

  58. CLOSE!

    What a chance! Shaun Maloney brilliantly takes a long through ball out of the night sky with a Karate Kid-style jump and control before sliding a delicious low cross into the area. However, the on-rushing Steven Fletcher can't apply the finishing touch. Groans rain down from the stands. That could, and perhaps should, have been the opening goal.

  59. Ouch!

    Shane Long can count himself a lucky boy. The Rep of Ireland striker fells Grant Hanley with an eye-watering challenge but no booking from the whistler from Serbia.

  60. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    James McClean slaloms past a couple of Scotland challenges but the Wigan winger can't get a decent delivery into the box as a nervous hush envelopes the home supporters.

  61. Scotland 0-0 Rep of Ireland

    We've had 36 minutes of a blood and thunder affair under the floodlights in the east end of Glasgow; but no goals, yet...

    Grant Hanley challenges Rep of Ireland keeper David Forde
  62. 'Better from Scotland'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "We're having a spell aren't we? It's better from Scotland in the last five minutes..."

  63. CLOSE!

    Close, very close. Steven Naismith works the ball out to the right wing and Shaun Maloney's wicked cross finds the unmarked Charlie Mulgrew, whose header flashes just wide.

    Gordon Strachan, on the touchline, reacts with a grimace and mouth in balloon knot pose.

  64. Text us on 80295

    Paul, Fraserburgh: Why was the kick off not delayed? Got here on time but massive queues at turnstiles. Still outside. What an absolute joke.

    Anon: What an utter shambles outside this ground.

  65. YELLOW CARD

    Scotland defender Grant Hanley, already on a booking, clatters into Rep of Ireland goalkeeper David Forde as they vie for a high ball. Forde requires treatment but Hanley speeds upfield without punishment.

    Jeff Hendrick earns a yellow card for scything down Steven Whittaker; tempers beginning to fray at Celtic Park...

  66. Give us a goal!

    It remains goalless after 25 minutes of the first half at Celtic Park. The game is wide open but we're still waiting for the breakthrough.

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan (left) and Rep of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
    Scotland's Steven Naismith right) battles with James McClean
  67. 'Having a right go'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "There's nothing in this game so far and the teams are having a right go at each other."

  68. Join the debate at #bbccotfootball

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Scotland

    Huge crowds still not inside 15 mins after kick-off. Fans not happy.

    Supporters outside Celtic Park
  69. McClean thwarted

    Jon Walters feeds James McClean but the winger is thwarted by a combination of Steven Whittaker and Shaun Maloney. Scotland break but a promising counter attack fizzles out.

  70. Scotland chapping on the door

    Gordon Strachan roars some tactical instructions for his Scottish troops and the hosts respond with a blizzard of attacks. The Irish, however, form a determined white sea between the Scots and goalkeeper David Forde.

  71. GOAL

    Group D leaders rivals Germany are a goal to the good at home to Gibraltar; the galloping-socks-at-the-ankles Thomas Mueller giving the world champions the lead.

  72. Irish repel danger

    Shaun Maloney arrows in the subsequent free kick that seems to take an eternity to drop out of the Glasgow night sky, only for John O'Shea to get his noggin on it and clear the danger.

  73. YELLOW CARD

    Aiden McGeady earns a booking for chopping Scotland striker Steven Fletcher. A mixture of boos, cheers and yelps inside Celtic Park.

  74. YELLOW CARD

    Scotland defender Grant Hanley, and the home supporters inside Celtic Park, breathe a sigh of relief as he receives just a yellow for scything down Shane Long. The striker would've been in on goal there but referee Milorad Mazic decides a yellow is sufficient punishment.

    Martin O'Neill, looking on, takes a rapid slug of his bottled water.

  75. Post update

    The Irish press again and Grant Hanley reacts brilliantly to mop up a long diagonal into the box with Jon Walters patrolling with intent. Darron Gibson then fizzes a shot on goal.

  76. He's behind you...

    A touch of pantomime at Celtic Park: Aiden McGeady booed by some of the home fans, triggering a song of support from the Irish supporters.

  77. Text us on 80295

    Anonymous: "What an utter shambles outside this ground." A lot of seats still to be filled at Celtic Park.

  78. Attacking intent

    Six minutes gone at Celtic Park and both sides are straining at the leash to bomb forward given the chance. It remains goalless but a goal may be just around the corner...

  79. CLOSE!

    Scotland respond immediately and Steven Fletcher will be disappointed after heading over Shaun Maloney's corner. The Sunderland marksman was all alone in the box there and will feel he should've hit the target.

  80. McGeady booed

    Aiden McGeady, on his return to Celtic Park, is being booed with every touch. Stoke City's Jon Walters tests David Marshall with a shot from distance but David Marshall gathers comfortably. Good work there by Shane Long, who scored a couple for Southampton last weekend after coming on as a substitute against Leicester City.

  81. Post update

    Grant Hanley makes a mess of dealing with a long Rep of Ireland ball into Scotland territory and it's a foul for the visitors. However, James McClean's delivery is poor and easily blocked by the Scotland wall.

  82. KICK-OFF

    We're under way!

  83. Almost time...

    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    A warm handshake between Gordon Strachan and Martin O'Neill after the national anthems.

  84. Clear your throats

    ...It's time for the national anthems.

  85. Text us on 80295

    Brian fae Forfar: Great result for Poland! I wonder how Scotland will do tonight?

  86. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball This will be Naismith's night."

  87. Big game build up...

    Old friends met up at Celtic Park ahead of tonight's Euro 2016 encounter.

    Stuart McCall and Neil Lennon

    Robbie Keane, on his return to former club Celtic, will be cooling his heels on the bench when the game gets under way.

    Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane
  88. Text us on 80295

    Alex in Glasgow: "The match should be delayed to 8pm to allow the Scottish fans to get there."

  89. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    bringthemonjpn: Huge match. Scotland have a couple of Big Boydie look-alikes that we can throw in, so feeling good about our chances.

  90. Text us on 80295

    Mikey: "An Irishman called English wanting Scotland to beat Ireland?! Lucky I've no' been on the bevvy today?!"

  91. LINE-UPS

    Teams from Celtic Park

    Scotland: Marshall, Whittaker, Russell Martin, Hanley, Robertson, Maloney, Mulgrew, Brown, Anya, Naismith, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gordon, Chris Martin, Berra, Dorrans, Bannan, Greer, Darren Fletcher, Burke, Russell, May, Gilks.

    Rep of Ireland: Forde, Coleman, Keogh, O'Shea, Ward, McGeady, Hendrick, Gibson, McClean, Walters, Long. Subs: Randolph, Clark, Christie, Keane, Meyler, Pilkington, Brady, Quinn, Pearce, Murphy, Given.

    Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

  92. High note?

    Canadian warbler Bryan Adams is singing at Glasgow's Hydro tonight. Here's hoping he doesn't take a wrong turn and end up at Celtic Park.

    Which of his songs would be apt for tonight's clash? Will one set of fans be on "Cloud Number Nine" or will one of the manager's ask his players "Do I Need To Say The Words?" if they're trailing at half-time?

    Bryan Adams

    With their Euro 2016 hopes on the line, will either side be singing "There Will Never Be Another Tonight"?

    You must be able to do better than me....

    Tweet using #bbcscotfootball, text 80295 or visit our Facebook page with your musical offerings.

  93. Under the floodlights...

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    OK, so now I'm starting to get a bit excited in the way I haven't done about a Scotland match for years.

    Celtic Park
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    Maggie in Milngavie: Just to wish the Scotland team all the best for tonight and make all of Scotland and Chick Young proud of our team. Love the show.

    Anon: Kick off needs to be delayed. Huge traffic chaos at Cumbernauld.

  95. Euro 2016 - Your Views

    You've been discussing tonight's Euro 2016 clash on our Facebook page.

    Lee Willox: It'll be a sad state of affairs should Aiden McGeady get booed.... there's plenty anglo-scots in our squad and I aint heard the Tartan Army boo any of them on the ball. If it happens it happens tho....

    Roy Crawford: It [booing] never usually works anyway. It'll only make him more determined. Good luck to him and good luck Scotland.

  96. Wide boys hold key?

    Pat Nevin believes the wide men hold the key to Friday night's Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park.

    And the 28-time capped former Scotland winger believes the hosts will edge it.

    Scotland winger Ikechi Anya

    "If Ikechi Anya's playing on the left against Seamus Coleman, who is a fantastic player but he's not at his best, he has to be got at," said Nevin.

    "Aiden McGeady's on fantastic form and we're missing Alan Hutton, so the wide areas could be important in this one.

    "It's very close to it - it's certainly a must-not lose [for Scotland].

    "If we win we're back in the mix, if we draw we're not out of it, if we lose we're up against the eight ball and I just can't see us getting through, so do not lose this one."

  97. Get Involved

    What do you think of the respective line-ups? Do you agree with Tom English that tonight falls into the "must win" category for Scotland?

    Let rip with your thoughts via 80295, tweet using #bbcscotfootball or visit our Facebook page.

  98. Group D update

    Scotland's Group D rivals Poland are running amok in Georgia... They lead 4-0 heading into injury time courtesy of Arkadiusz Milik's goal.

  99. Ireland aim to thwart Fletcher

    The Republic of Ireland will be wary of the threat posed by Scotland striker Steven Fletcher.

    "I signed him for Sunderland and my own view was that his goals were instrumental in keeping the side up, as well as Simon Mignolet's performances in goal, so the two of them can take great credit for that," said Martin O'Neill.

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher

    "But he has had a few injury problems - he was injured for Scotland at the back end of that particular season and he has fought his way back, so he is in very good form at the moment."

  100. Ireland changes

    Martin O'Neill makes five changes following the draw in Germany. Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Darron Gibson and Shane Long start against Scotland, with David Meyler, Marc Wilson, Stephen Quinn, Glenn Whelan and Robbie Keane dropping out.

  101. 'Big blow'

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    No James Morrison is a big blow for Scotland but makes picking the team easier. Mulgrew slots back in and Robertson gets the nod at left back.

  102. LINE-UPS

    Ireland side

    Rep of Ireland: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea (c), Keogh, Ward, McGeady, Hendrick, Gibson, McClean, Long, Walters.

  103. Scotland shake-up

    Three Scotland changes to the side that drew with Poland: Grant Hanley, Charlie Mulgrew and Andrew Robertson come in for Gordon Greer, Alan Hutton and James Morrison.

  104. 'Lap of the gods'

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    "You've got to look at second [place]; you have to finish second. After that, it's in the lap of the gods. Scotland have to win tonight, they have to."

  105. LINE-UPS

    Scotland team to face the Republic of Ireland

    Scotland: Marshall, Whittaker, R.Martin, Hanley, Robertson, Maloney, Mulgrew, Brown(c), S. Fletcher, Naismith, Anya. Subs: Gordon (gk), Martin, Dorrans, Bannan, Greer, D. Fletcher, Burke, Gilks (GK), Russell, May

  106. 'Home of Scottish football'

    Ireland sit second in the Group D table, behind Poland on goal difference, with Scotland three points behind in fourth.

    Strachan is confident the Tartan Army will turn Celtic Park into a real home from home for Scotland players.

    The match is being played at the stadium - Scotland hosted Georgia at Ibrox in their previous home game - because the national stadium at Hampden was converted to an athletics venue for the Commonwealth Games.

    "We will turn Celtic Park into the home of Scottish football," said Strachan.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "We had a lovely taste of it at Ibrox [against Georgia]. I thought the atmosphere there was great as well and I thought the Scottish fans turned Ibrox into the home of Scotland for the day and we'll do that [against the Republic of Ireland].

    "Everything's been built up over the last couple of weeks. It has become a hot game."

  107. Welcome

    Good evening and a warm welcome to our live text commentary of tonight's Euro 2016 encounter in Glasgow.

    The heavens opened earlier today, deluging the east end of the city and no doubt soaking the party hats, kilts and replica tops before a ball has been kicked in anger.

    Gordon Strachan and Martin O'Neill return to their former stomping ground with the aim of securing three valuable points.

  108. Celtic connections

    This is going to feel like a derby isn't it?

    Scotland host the Republic of Ireland in what promises to be a white hot Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (left) and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill

    A host of familiar faces - including two former Celtic managers - will exchange smiles, handshakes and pleasantries before locking horns on the field of battle.