Where would Scotland be without John McGinn? It is a question Steve Clarke must hope he will never have to answer after the Aston Villa midfielder scored twice and Che Adams registered his first international goal to help them ease past the Faroe Islands.
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Kieran Tierney also stood out with a fine performance that included three assists, although having established only a one goal lead at half-time, it was McGinn who provided the spark. Having drawn against the Faroe Islands in successive European Championship qualifiers back in andScotland were well aware that this would not necessarily be a stroll in the park against opponents who are now ranked th in the world. Disaster almost struck inside 60 seconds of the restart when Gordon fumbled a simple cross and the Hearts veteran was relieved to be able to grab the ball at the second attempt.
There was even better to come when Adams — taking aim from outside the area having turned his marker brilliantly — rolled his studs over the ball before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the net. John McGinn right celebrates his second goal with teammate Lyndon Dykes.
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