From overhead kicks to Gemmill-esque dribbles; St Mirren Park has witnessed plenty of magical moments from the Scotland Under-21 team over the past few years.
Ricky Sbragia’s side make their return to Paisley next week for a crucial EURO Qualifier against Ukraine. Victory would put Scotland on seven points from four games in Group 3 and end the year on a high.
With almost a week to go until game-day we’ve picked out five of the most memorable moments produced by Scotland’s youngsters at St Mirren’s home ground:
Paterson scores a peach in Georgia draw
14 November 2013 | Scotland U21 1-1 Georgia U21
Hearts defender Callum Paterson produces an extraordinary piece of skill to equalise for Scotland against Georgia in 2013. A Kenny McLean free-kick is swung over towards Paterson who finds the target with an ambitious overhead-kick.
Slovakia undone by May’s mazy dribble
10 October 2013 | Scotland U21 2-1 Slovakia U21
Stuart Armstrong’s goal gives Scotland the perfect start against Slovakia at St Mirren Park before Stevie May doubles the advantage with a sublime effort on 37 minutes. Seizing on a loose ball, May skins two players then fires high into the net (A bit of the Archie Gemmill about this one perhaps?)
*Goal from 2 minutes on
Murphy strikes late to send Scotland top
10 October 2009 | Scotland U21 1-0 Belarus U21
Scotland went joint top of their group following this memorable win over Belarus. Billy Stark’s side threw everything they had at the visitors and looked to be heading for a draw until substitute Jamie Murphy fired home an injury-time winner in Paisley.
Rhodes nets a double on home debut
10 October 2011 | Scotland U21 2-2 Austria U21
Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes remains the all-time joint top goalscorer of the Scotland Under-21s and it was in Paisley that he scored his first goals on home soil. These two well-taken headers ensured a draw against Austria and placed the striker on the path to the senior squad.
Scotland hold the Netherlands
29 February 2012 | Scotland U21 0-0 Netherlands U21
Scotland earn a respectable draw against the Dutch in front of over 6,000 fans at St Mirren Park. Chances from Danny Wilson and Johnny Russell almost gave Scotland victory but neither side are able to convert.
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