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  1. Six of the best

    So, Scotland see off Gibraltar following a minor scare against the Euro 2016 minnows.

    Steven Fletcher fires the first Scotland hat-trick since 1969 as Gordon Strachan's troops move level on points with Group D leaders Poland and world champions Germany.

    Fletcher will be taking the match ball home and Scotland prepare for their next Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in June.

    Read Alasdair Lamont's match report here.

    Thanks again for your company and comments today, enjoy what's left of your weekend. Cheers.

  2. Scotland - Your views

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    James, Giffnock: Goal difference does matter: if we lose 1-0 to Republic of Ireland in Dublin and are level on points then it's down to goal difference. Also 6th place result is only discarded if you finish third in the group.

  3. Unwanted quiz question honour

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan also quips that goalkeepers Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor will be thanking him for not playing them today.

    David Marshall, Strachan adds, will have the dubious honour of being the central figure in pub quizzes for years to come, following Gibraltar's goal...

    Gibraltar celebrate their goal
  4. Scotland - Your views

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    Andy in Wraxall: Scotland are currently the highest ranked third place team - that's good enough to qualify.

  5. 'Take some happy pills'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "The performance wasn't brilliant but it was very good. We've scored six goals and conceded only one. We're sitting there on points.

    "I need the wee man needs to take some happy pills..."

  6. 'Happy with 10 points'

    Gordon Strachan

    "I was expecting that system to work [playing three at the back] better than that, but their goal threw us a bit...

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "We've got 10 points and we're all happy about that and feeling good about ourselves."

  7. 'Made my life a misery'

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "All credit goes to Gibraltar today; they've made my life a misery. Credit to them."

    Did you get a fright when Gibraltar scored? "Yep. We fell asleep thinking they wouldn't attack; and they did..."

  8. Strachan coming up...

    Gordon Strachan is getting ready to answer questions at the post match media conference...

  9. Scotland - your views


    Gordon Eddie: Well, my man of the match is David Marshall - outstanding !!!!!

    Nathan Bain: Putting today's scoreline in perspective - "Romania 1 - 0 Faroe Islands". Romania ranked 14th by Fifa, Scotland ranked 39th #bbcscotfootball

    John Grant: Well done Scotland. Another 3 points on the board. #bbcscotfootball. Congratulations Steen Fletcher on his hat-trick.

  10. Case of 'job done'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Scotland

    You can't argue with the result, particularly as Germany only took four off this Gibraltar side, but that was far from the best performance by a Gordon Strachan side in recent times.

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher

    There was a lack of fluidity about the passing, but it's very much a case of 'job done' with the game against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in June now looming large for Scotland as they try to get to France 2016.

  11. Scotland - Your views

    Andrew O'Brien on Facebook: Maybe Sunderland should sign Jordan Rhodes to bring out the best in Steven Fletcher.


    Georgia 0-2 Germany


    Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar

    Delighted hat-trick hero Steven Fletcher looks delighted with his day's work as he trades smiles and hand-shakes with team-mates. Scotland score six and move level on points with Germany and Poland on 10 points in a very competitive Group D.

    Steven Fletcher celebrates
  14. CLOSE!

    Scotland players are queuing up to pepper Jamie Robba's goal; the frazzled Gibraltar keeper's hands will need an ice bucket after today's game...

    The keeper denies substitute Jordan Rhodes as the striker sends a shot straight down the middle.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has his hood up to shield himself from the elements.

  15. Scotland - Your views


    David Gowans: #bbcscotfootball Scotland's problem is not a failure to meet expectations - it's our unique ability to set unrealistic expectations.


    Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar

    We've got six minutes of added time at Hampden; can the Scots find a seventh goal?

  17. GOAL

    Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar (Fletcher)

    We do have a hat-trick hero! Steven Fletcher does nab his third of the afternoon - all after a six-year international drought - as he arrows a shot into the bottom corner following great work by Jordan Rhodes.

    That's a first hat-trick for a Scotland player since... Colin Stein way back in 1969.

    Take a bow Mr Fletcher!

  18. Scotland - Get involved


    James Young: Doug on Facebook hasn't read article 13 of the Uefa rules: it's head to head rather than goal difference if teams tie.

    Gordon Bowie: For those worrying about goal difference, doesn't matter against 6th place teams, results discarded as 5 team group

  19. CLOSE!

    Steven Fletcher thinks he's about to celebrate a hat-trick after Jamie Robba brilliantly denied Jordan Rhodes but Fletcher tugs it into the side netting. He'd have been writing tomorrow's newspaper headlines in his mind there.

  20. Scotland - Your views

    James, Giffnock: I think seven goals is par against Gibraltar. Anything less is failure. Scotland more than any team should know how goal difference can cost you. Let's get a move on here.

  21. Post update

    Scotland 5-1 Gibraltar

    Daniel Duarte replaces Anthony Bardon because of an injury as Gibraltar huddle round and think of how they can snatch a second goal before the end.

  22. Why does it always rain on me?

    Steven Fletcher's second goal of the game triggered the mother of all downpours and the players are "drookit" with the latest soaking.

    The sodden Tartan Army break into song; perhaps more to keep the circulation going amid the latest downpour than anything else!

  23. GOAL

    Scotland 5-1 Gibraltar (Fletcher)

    Scotland have a fifth goal and it's courtesy of a sumptuous cross from substitute Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher doesn't need a second invitation as he rises unchallenged to bullet a header beyond the exposed Jamie Robba.

  24. Barry battling away

    Barry Bannan, on as a substitute for Ikechi Anya, is leaping about the Hampden turf like Billy Elliot, eager to impress and add to Scotland's tally.

  25. Scotland - Get involved

    Doug on Facebook: In this tight group it is probably going to come down to goal difference. This will not be enough...

  26. Scotland - Your views


    Doug Atkinson: #bbcscotfootball Get Morrison off and Darren Fletcher on!

  27. Give us a goal!

    Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar

    Following the goal blizzard of the first half, we've been short-changed in the second. Plenty of time for either side to find the net again but the pace of the game has dropped to power walk levels...

  28. 'More like a friendly now'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Scotland

    This is more like a friendly now, with the result not in question and Gibraltar determined not to cave in completely. Scotland are entirely dominant but are far from clinical enough and, as such, the game is a bit of a non-event.

  29. Penny for your thoughts?

    Much to ponder for both managers

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will be a happier man after seeing his side score four against the Euro 2016 minnows. Will they add to their tally before full time?

  30. Scotland - Your views


    George Grieve: Get Stevie May on! #bbcscotfootball

    Thor Silverstein: It's like watching two poor, non-league sides try (and fail) to make 3 passes connect. #bbcscotfootball

  31. Strachan shuffles Scotland pack

    Scotland are coasting to victory and this Euro 2016 qualifier - with the hosts 4-1 up - has the feeling of nodding off on the couch after a prodigious Sunday roast; barely aware of the Antiques Roadshow title music in the background as your eyelids close and your paper falls onto your face.

    Steven Naismith's work is done for the day; Jordan Rhodes trots on.

  32. Scotland - Your views

    David Mowat on Facebook: Good pub quiz question: Who did Gibraltar score their first competitive goal against?

  33. CLOSE!

    Steven Fletcher could and should make it five for Scotland; but his attempted feather at Alan Hutton's cross fails to trouble Jamie Robba's goal.

    "At any level that's a great chance," laments BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds.

  34. Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar

    Scotland, looking to stretch Gibraltar and get Ikechi Anya into the game, have failed to get in behind their opponents in a low-key second half. The Watford speedster has shown Gibraltar a clean pair of heels a number of times but the ball has evaded him...

  35. Scotland - Get involved

    Gordon Marshall on Facebook: Why will we be ridiculed for Gibraltar scoring? Remember San Marino v England? 7 seconds only....

  36. Scotland - Your views


    Jonathan Myles: Gibraltar must be feeling quite embarrassed now that Steven Fletcher has put one past them! #bbcscotfootball

  37. Visitors in fine voice

    Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar

    Gibraltar's 1,000-strong support inside Hampden shout an "ole" for every touch as their players stroke the ball about with some aplomb. Manager David Wilson must be happy with what they've produced so far...

    Gibraltar fans
  38. Gibraltar press

    Adam Priestley huffs and puffs but is unable to get a cross into the Scotland penalty area as the ball trundles out for a goal kick at a sun-kissed Hampden.

  39. Scotland - Get involved


    Andrew Priestley: No matter how many Scotland score and end up winning by this evening they'll still be ridiculed for conceding to Gibraltar! #bbcscotfootball

  40. Post update

    Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar

    Gordon Greer gets an early touch as he clears the ball as Gibraltar launch an early attack. Scotland keeper David Marshall then does well to gather a low, fizzing cross into the box.

  41. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way at Hampden. Central defender Gordon Greer has come on to replace Matt Ritchie; the three-man defensive project has been officially shelved...

  42. The first half at Hampden

    Goals aplenty amid the sunshine and rain...

    Steven Naismith celebrates
    Gibraltar equalised at Hampden
    Steven Fletcher celebrates
  43. Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar

    How did each side fare in the first half at Hampden?

  44. Scotland - Your views


    James McGlone: The problem at the start was we didn't understand what it was to attack?

    Ross Armour: Another three goals for #Scotland in the second half #bbcscotfootball

  45. 'Lacklustre first half'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Scotland

    The scoreline is already looking very emphatic but it perhaps a disguises a rather lacklustre first half performance from the Scots, albeit against a dogged Gibraltar side, who only began to buckle towards the end of that period. They do though have their first competitive goal, which their coach David Wilson admitted yesterday was a landmark he'd love to achieve at Hampden.

    There are plenty in dark blue who haven't performed to their capabilities in what was for long spells a ponderous display. But it's hard to argue with a three-goal cushion.

  46. Euro 2016 update

    Group D rivals and world champions Germany are 2-0 up away to Georgia. Marco Reus and Thomas Muller on target.


    Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar

    Scotland have restored some order after seeing Gibraltar score their first-ever competitive goal. Gordon Strachan's men trot up the tunnel with a three-goal cushion and the half-time orange will taste a little sweeter after those four goals.

    Will Strachan persevere with the three-man rearguard?

  48. Scotland - Your views


    Mike Langan: That's more like it!

  49. 'Easy street'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    That makes it easy street for Scotland...

  50. GOAL

    Scotland 4-1 Gibraltar (Naismith)

    A fourth goal for Scotland before the break as Ikechi Anya dances down the left before his low cross is swept home by the unmarked Steven Naismith. Much more like it from the hosts, who are beginning to motor...


    Scotland 3-1 Gibraltar

    Steven Fletcher is in the mood for more goals after ending his six-year drought; he stabs an effort beyond Gibraltar keeper Jamie Robba but is denied by the post. Scotland beginning to warm to the task now but, defensively, they still look vulnerable.

  52. Scotland - Your views

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    Les from Hamilton: Typical Scotland? I can go back to the 70s when our superstars couldn't beat Zaire?? It happens all the time our over paid stars can't handle the pressure. This is a pub team we should not be losing goals to the likes of these guys.

  53. GOAL

    Scotland 3-1 Gibraltar (Maloney)

    Relief sweeps down from the Hampden stands as Shaun Maloney drills home his second penalty of the game to give Scotland a two-goal cushion. Breathing space for Gordon Strachan's men.


    Another penalty for Scotland... Steven Naismith tumbles under Lee Casciaro's challenge. Mmmmm; not sure about that one.

  55. GOAL

    Scotland 2-1 Gibraltar (Fletcher)

    Steven Fletcher celebrates his goal against Gibraltar

    Steven Fletcher ends his six-year international goal drought, guiding a header beyond the despairing clutch of Jamie Robba after a mix-up in the Gibraltar defence. Fletcher roars his joy/relief at finding the net and firing Scotland back in front.

  56. 'Policeman finishes in some style'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Scotland

    That Gibraltar equaliser has flattened what had momentarily threatened to be a sense of anticipation around Hampden as Scotland finally made the breakthrough. The visiting fans though are euphoric at witnessing their first competitive goal. They sliced right through Scotland's reduced defensive unit and policeman Lee Casciaro finished in some style.

  57. System causing problems

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    Anya has been asked to play in a position he's not used to. Anya hasn't dealt with it particularly well. It's because of the system they're playing it's happened.

    You can't let it affect you; you've got to get on with the job in hand.

  58. Scotland 1-1 Gibraltar

    Steven Naismith spurns a great chance to see Scotland retake the lead as the home fans inside stadium become more fractious with what they're seeing.

    Gibraltar are causing the Scots' three-man defence problems.

  59. GOAL

    Scotland 1-1 Gibraltar (Casciaro)

    Hang on a minute. The visitors, still licking their wounds from that penalty, break up the pitch and equalise through policeman Lee Casciaro. The 1,000-strong pocket of Gibraltar fans are in dreamland; Scotland's players look dejectedly to the turf...

    Gibraltar celebrate

    Scotland's three-man defence are ripped apart as Casciaro guides a cracking shot beyond the diving David Marshall.

  60. Scotland 1-0 Gibraltar (Maloney)

    Scotland take the lead in controversial circumstances as Shaun Maloney takes a tumble under Jamie Robba's challenge. Maloney dusts himself down and fires the ball home.

    Shaun Maloney earns Scotland a penalty

    Penalty for Scotland!

  62. Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    Scotland respond and Matt Richie spurns a great chance inside the area with a low shot that dribbles into the arms of Jamie Robba. Groans from the Scotland fans: they're not overly impressed with the opening 15 minutes.

  63. Gibraltar press

    Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    Liam Walker uses his opportunity to shine under the Hampden sun, spinning impressively on the edge of the area before dragging his shot well wide of David Marshall's goal.

    There's a deafening hush over Hampden...

  64. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    The visitors threaten again, this time through Priestley but Scotland's combative Scott Brown is able to snuff out the danger.

    This wasn't in the script was it?

  65. CLOSE!

    Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    Gibraltar set the cat amongst the pigeons as a cross from Chipolina is clawed away from goal by David Marshall. The visitors have their tails up; Gordon Strachan looks on, unimpressed by Scotland's sluggish start.

  66. Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    Is BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller happy with Scotland's start? "Not particularly," he says.

    Miller wants to see the ball played forward more quickly...

  67. Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    The sun comes out just in time to see Gibraltar goalkeeper Jamie Robba make a mess of a backpass - It's A Knockout-style - fluffing his clearance to increase the nerves in the visiting ranks. Corner for Scotland but they fail to profit.

    It remains goalless as Gordon Strachan's side pound away at the Rock of Gibraltar.

  68. Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    Scotland are finding space and they just have to take their chances when they come along.

  69. Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    Andy Robertson gets forward before delivering a great ball onto the head of Steven Fletcher. The Sunderland marksman gets his effort on target but Robba is equal to it.

  70. Scotland 0-0 Gibraltar

    Scotland come racing out of the traps as the boys in blue attack Gibraltar from the off. The visitors in white, have formed a protective wall around goalkeeper Jamie Robba.

  71. KICK-OFF

    About 35,000 fans inside Hampden for this Euro 2016 qualifier. And we're under way!

  72. National anthems

    The rain clears long enough to get the national anthems done and dusted; pipers and a couple of bearded drummers who could've wandered in off the set of Game of Thrones...

    Kick off not too far away.

  73. Scotland - Your views

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    Fergie, Aberdeen: Considering he played in the match I'm surprised Willie Miller hasn't mentioned when we beat Yugoslavia 6-1 in 1984!!

    Stewart Murdoch, Banchory: Strachan proving he's Anti-Aberdeen again. Mark Reynolds is twice the player of Gordon Greer. Scott Brown over Fletcher? Won't be back at Hampden watching Scotland anytime soon.

    James in Giffnock: could we be witnessing history at Hampden today versus Gibraltar. Is Scotland's 11-0 win over Ireland in 1901 under threat. Surely not...

  74. Scotland - prediction time

    James Deason: I'm going for 6-0 Scotland.

    Anthony Craig: There'll be 8 for Scotland.

    Darren Kelly: Predicting a Scotland win - 5-1.

  75. Did you bring a brolly?

    Poor Chick "Chico" Young is describing an almost Biblical downpour at Hampden; sounds more like T in the Park than a Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Get some plastic ponchos down there, pronto...

  76. 'Combine ordinary lives with football careers'

    "It took the Gibraltar Football Association 16 years to be granted Uefa membership, during which time the national team played the likes of Shetland, Sark and Orkney in the Island Games," writes BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson.

    "They even faced Hibernian in a pre-season friendly two years ago, which they lost.

    Gibraltar players at Hampden

    "Time spent in the foothills of the game hardened resolve. Progress was hard-fought, and when the team lined up for the national anthem ahead of its first internationally recognised fixture, against Slovakia, the players and the supporters wept.

    "Only one member of the regular squad is a senior professional - Scott Wiseman, the Preston North End defender - while two play non-league in England - Bristol Rovers winger Jake Gosling and Adam Priestley, the Farsley striker.

    "The rest combine ordinary lives with their football careers.

    "Jordan Perez, the goalkeeper, is a firefighter; the Chipolina brothers, Joseph and Ryan, are an admin clerk and a customs officer respectively; two of the three Casciaros, Ryan and Lee, are policemen, while the third, Kyle, is a shipping agent..."

  77. 'Final preparations'


    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Scotland

    The teams going through their final preparations before Scotland v Gibraltar kicks off in less than half an hour.

    Hampden Stadium
  78. Gibraltar team

    Gibraltar: Robba, Wiseman, J. Chipolina, Artell, R. Casciaro, R. Chipolina, L. Casciaro, Payas, Walker, Priestley, Bardon. Subs: Perez, Coleing, K.Casciaro, Gosling, Sargeant, Perez, J.P. Duarte, D.Duarte, Garcia, Bosio, Jolley.

  79. Here we go...

    The weather in Glasgow can't make its mind up this Sunday afternoon: sunshine has been replaced by angry black clouds that delivered torrential rain over Hampden. The ball will be fizzing about the surface and, no doubt, prove difficult for both goalkeepers.

    Jamie Robba will be aiming to stem the tide of goals finding the Gibraltar net: 21 goals conceded in four games makes for eye-watering reading...

    Gibraltar fans
    Scotland fans outside Hampden
  80. 'Caught everyone by surprise'

    Alasdair Lamont at Hampden

    BBC Scotland

    I think Gordon Strachan has caught everyone by surprise with today's team selection. Many people were predicting he'd play two up front but I'm not sure anyone suggested he might only play one central defender.

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

    One thing's for sure, this will be no reckless gamble from the Scotland manager. His fastidious preparation means this will be a calculated move and hopefully one that will pay off in the shape of a big win.

  81. Scotland - Your views

    You've been chewing over Scotland's starting line-up on our Facebook page...

    Jamie Grant: Why isn't Jordan Rhodes up front instead of Fletcher? He can't finish his dinner.

    Fletcher will be aiming to score his first goal for the national side in six years...

    Davy Fallon: Why is McGregor not in goal? Because he's no longer first choice and hasn't been since 2013. In fact, you could argue that he's 3rd choice, currently.

  82. Say cheese

    In 2015, Gibraltar have rocked up to Hampden looking for their first points in Euro 2016 qualifying.

    Here, their players look relaxed as they take a wander on the hallowed turf. The game gets under way at 17:00 BST.

    Gibraltar players look relaxed ahead of the game
  83. 'Took to the beautiful game with passionate enthusiasm'

    "Gibraltarians inherited their love of football from kick about games with the British Garrison in the late 1800's," the Gibraltar FA says on its website.

    Rock of Gibraltar

    "With a genetic mix of Spanish, Italian (survivors from a shipwrecked Italian galleon who settled at Catalan Bay, on the south side of the Rock) and the Brits (who have had a large garrison there since 1704) they took to the beautiful game with passionate enthusiasm.

    "On the isthmus, the flat area of land connecting Gib and Spain, they built a circular racetrack enclosing a grassed football pitch and had their first competitive match against the military in 1901."

  84. Three and easy?

    Looking at Scotland's starting line-up, is that three at the back? Indeed so! Russell Martin is the only recognised centre half in between full-backs Alan Hutton and Andrew Robertson.

    "I can understand the manager's thinking," purrs BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller. "To get as many players on the park to cause them problems and hurt them.

    "To win the game first and foremost is the most important thing. I can just see waves of attack..."

  85. Scotland - Your views


    Colin Mathie: Why is Allan McGregor not in goal? #bbcscotfootball

    Paul Gibson: 2-0 Scotland for me #bbcscotfootball

  86. 'The stars have aligned'

    Scots-born Gibraltar manager David Wilson saw his side keep the Germans to only four goals - Gibraltar have conceded 21 in four games - and he hopes to frustrate Scotland at Hampden.

    Gibraltar boss David Wilson

    Wilson, back at Hampden today for the first time since watching Stewart McKimmie score the winning goal against Argentina in 1990, acknowledges Scotland are rightly heavy favourites to win.

    "We did things wrong against Germany but still came away with a fantastic result," he said.

    "If we do the small things and we do it well we can upset anyone. It's happened for lesser teams than us on bigger stages.

    Some ex-pros have been less than complimentary about Gibraltar's footballing credentials - labelling them "a pub team" - but Wilson won't let the criticism dampen his spirits.

    "The stars have aligned," Wilson added. "The two greatest things I love in the world coming together on the same night. It's phenomenal.

    "I've told them [the Gibraltar team] to expect the unexpected. The Scottish team at the moment are playing out of their skin. They're better than what we have, we know that, but per player, for what they're achieving in this group is phenomenal."

  87. Your views

    Will Scotland take care of business at Hampden tonight?

    What do you think of Gordon Strachan's line-up?

    Let rip with your thoughts via the usual methods: text 80295, tweet using #bbcscotfootball to @bbcthomasmcg or visit our Facebook page.

  88. Gordon Strachan names his line-up

    Scotland: Marshall (gk), Hutton, Robertson, Ritchie, Martin, Maloney, Morrison, Brown (c), S Fletcher, Naismith, Anya. Subs: Gordon, Russell, Greer, Bannan, McArthur, May, Rhodes, D Fletcher, Forsyth, McGregor, Berra, Forrest.

  89. How's the group looking?

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of Scotland's latest Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Gordon Strachan's men are in fine fettle: seven points from four games has them sitting pretty in Group D.

    Republic of Ireland take on Poland while world champions Germany are in action against Georgia.

    Euro 2016 Group D qualifier

    Scotland will be seeking to secure three points to continue their impressive form.

  90. Scotland prepare...

    Gordon Strachan's Scotland are between a rock and a hard place at Hampden this evening.

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

    Hammer Gibraltar in tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier and everyone will say: "told you so".

    However, struggle against the minnows and the ghosts of Peru and Costa Rica will fire an icy blast into the Glasgow night sky.