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Monday 11 December 2017

Ritchie delights in Scots debut

Matt Ritchie spoke of an "unbelievable" Scotland debut against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park and hoped it was the first of many caps.

The English-born Bournemouth forward, who qualifies through his Scottish father Alex, was drafted into the squad this week for the first time by Gordon Strachan for Wednesday's Vauxhall International Challenge Match and tomorrow's Euro qualifier against Gibraltar.

And it was his late corner from which substitute Christophe Berra headed in the winner against Michael O'Neill's side.

Ritchie (right) said "It was unbelievable. I was a little bit nervy with the occasion but I felt I grew into the game and was delighted to get the win.

"The assist was a nice bonus, I was just glad to play my part and delighted with the evening.

"It was great to be involved and hopefully it will be the first of many.

"My mum, dad, girlfriend and family and friends from Scotland were here so it has been a good evening."

scotland v gibraltar, tomorrow (ko 5.0, sky sp 1)

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