Ryan Christie’s late penalty put Scotland top of their Nations League group as they came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 at Hampden Park.
Jack Hendry headed in Christie’s floaty delivery (49) to equalize for Scotland after John Egan forced the opener from a corner (18), before Christie sealed the win from the spot after a handball from Alan Browne ( 82).
Scotland’s third straight win ensures they need just one point in Tuesday’s decisive Group B1 game against Ukraine in Poland to secure promotion to the Nations League first tier and the guarantee of a place in the play-off for Euro 2024.
They could, however, be short of full-backs for this game after seeing Kieran Tierney and Aaron Hickey forced out with injuries at Hampden on Saturday night, with Andy Robertson and Nathan Patterson already unavailable.
The Republic of Ireland are two points clear of last place, knowing that a point against Armenia on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium would keep them in second place in the Nations League.
Scotland Face Ukraine in an away game to be played in Krakow, Poland on Tuesday due to Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. The 7.45pm kick-off at the 15,000 capacity Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Stadium is Scotland’s final Nations League game of their Group B4 campaign.
The Republic of Ireland the final Nations League game is also on Tuesday when a 7.45pm kick-off against Armenia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.