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Scotland's Shaun Maloney, right, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with team-mates as Republic of Ireland players look on.

Scotland's Shaun Maloney, right, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with team-mates as Republic of Ireland players look on.

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Scotland's Shaun Maloney, right, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with team-mates as Republic of Ireland players look on.

CELTIC man Scott Brown feels that Scotland were full value for their win over Ireland in Glasgow last night.

"I think that win was deserved, we were the better team from start to finish, we tried to play football and got our rewards," said Brown, proud skipper of Scotland on a night when they got revenge for that 1-0 loss at home to Ireland back in 1987.

"It wasn't the best performance in the world but we did what we wanted to do.

"I think their game plan was negative, we tried to get the ball down and play and it showed last night.

"I think their game plan was to try to stop us from playing football but it didn't work, to be honest, we managed to get the ball down in tight situations and play some nice one-twos.

"It's shaping up to be a great group, there is still a lot of work to do but we are on the right road."

Shaun Maloney, possibly the smallest player on the mark, proved to be the big man for the big occasion as his second-half goal, coming after a spell of Scottish dominance, delivered the win, a goal made on the training ground.

"We did what we wanted to do and it's nice when things you work on in training come off in a game," he said.

"It is hard as it was a tough night but it was a great finish from the wee man, he was 18 yards out and he still managed to find the net, it was a great finish."

A big home crowd came to Parkhead with expectancy as this side have been revived and rebuilt from the chaos which gordon Strachan inherited and Brown was pleased to send the fans home happy.

"We have a winning mentality and Tuesday is another big game for us," he said ahead of the friendly with England at Parkhead.

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"Even though it's a friendly we want to continue that winning mentality, the gaffer has instilled that in us and we want to keep going. We try to get the ball down and play good football to make the fans happy.

"The gaffer really has instilled a belief in us and we showed that last night, we press up the park and we are not a one-dimensional side, we can play a bit and we showed that against Ireland last night," added Brown.

Scotland can now relax and enjoy their weekend as they prepare for the visit to Glasgow of England on Tuesday night, while Ireland's squad try to dust themselves down and somehow raise interest form what is bound to be a very large damp squib at home to the USA on Tuesday night, and as last night's game was not one for the purists, Tuesday in Dublin is one forthe hard-core.


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