Aberdeen defender Andy Considine left emotional and over the moon after Scotland debut

Ecstatic Aberdeen defender Andy Considine savoured crowning his first Scotland cap at the age of 33 with a victory as Scotland defeated Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden.

Sunday, 11th October 2020, 10:46 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th October 2020, 10:50 pm
Andy Considine performed well on his debut for Scotland.
Andy Considine performed well on his debut for Scotland.

A goal from Lyndon Dykes just after the interval was the difference as the Scots claimed a crucial three points in the Nations League and kept the momentum going after last Thursday's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final victory over Israel.

Considine, who was drafted into the squad following that win against the Israelis, has made more than 500 club appearances for the Dons, but had never pulled on the blue of a senior Scotland shirt until now. He was part of a back three that kept a largely quiet Slovakian attack at bay, becoming the oldest player to represent Scotland since 36-year-old goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson in 1967.

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Considine, who won the last of his four caps for Scotland Under-21s 12 years ago, said: "I'm emotional, to be honest with you.

"It's been a long time since I've been involved in a Scotland set-up. I'm 33 now, getting the call the other day was completely out the blue.

"I'm over the moon and obviously delighted to be part of such a great win and to keep a clean sheet, it's been a fantastic night.

"It was very nerve-wracking, I'm not going to lie. But to have that quality around you, it gets you through the game.”

He added on Sky Sports: "To have Andy [Robertson] and Declan [Gallagher] alongside, I should have enough experience playing in Europe with Aberdeen.

"But to play alongside some top class players, it really helps."