Sunday 13th October 2019

THIRTY years of waiting for an ex-Dumbarton player to score for Scotland were ended at Hampden tonight when Stuart Findlay headed Scotland’s fifth in a 6-0 win over San Marino.

Stuart, who was on loan to DFC from Celtic in 2015 and now plays for Kilmarnock, got a goal on his full international debut.

He became the first ex-Sons player to score for Scotland since Murdo MacLeod did so in a 2-0 win against Chile in May 1989. That match was played at Hampden too.

The scorers of five of Scotland’s six goals tonight have either played for or against Dumbarton in the last five years.

John McGinn, who got a hat-trick, and Lawrence Shankland, who scored the fourth, certainly did the business at Hampden this evening in front of a crowd of over 20,000.

But neither could be in a winning team at Dumbarton in season 2015/16, for Hibernian (beaten 2-1 and 3-2) or St Mirren (1-0 and 2-1) respectively. The two now play for Aston Villa and Dundee United.

Stuart Armstrong, of Southampton, completed the scoring at Hampden.

Well done to all, but being just a bit biased, a special well done to our ex-player!

Andy Galloway

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