Scotland 2-0 Georgia: 90-minute rain delay can’t stop Scots inching closer to Euro 2024

A 90-minute rain delay was not enough to knock swaggering Scotland off their stride towards Euro 2024 as Georgia were swept away at Hampden.

The European Championship qualifier was halted by referee Istvan Vad immediately after Callum McGregor slammed the Scots into a sixth-minute lead in near farcical conditions in Glasgow.

A lengthy break followed, in part due to the furious Georgians not emerging until 21:15 BST, before play resumed when the match was initially due to finish.

Scotland continued in a similarly confident vein, though, with Scott McTominay’s thumping finish just after the break sealing victory for the table-topping Scots.

Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia ballooning an injury-time penalty over the bar just before 23:20 summed up the night for the frustrated visitors.

The win leaves Steve Clarke’s side eight points clear of both Georgia and Norway as they reach the halfway point in the group, with four huge wins from four already in the bag.

When McGregor’s rifled shot flew through the air towards Giorgi Mamardashvili’s sodden net, few could have predicted it would be more than three hours before the evening would eventually be brought to a triumphant close.

A deluge pre-match saw pitch-side TV pundits reach for their brollies, while the opening exchanges were so treacherous underfoot that Clarke and Georgia counterpart Willy Sagnol could be seen signalling to the fourth official that the game should be halted.

A heroic performance from ground staff, stewards, ball boys and Scottish Football Association officials did just enough to get the game back on eventually in what felt in spite of the stubborn Georgians.

Scotland restarted brightly with both Lyndon Dykes and John McGinn going close with headers. The latter then struck a puddle instead of the ball with the goal right in front of him.

McTominay brought an incredible fingertip stop from Mamardashvili, but within a minute of the restart, he was helpless as the Manchester United midfielder swept a low shot into the keeper’s bottom-left corner.

Scotland never looked like they weren’t in control, although the Georgians, seeking a spot at their first Euros while sitting second in Group A, huffed and puffed during a late whimper.

And they almost snuck a consolation when Aaron Hickey was ruled to have handballed in the box after a video assistant referee review, but Kvaratskhelia’s spot-kick was sent shooting into the dark and damp Glasgow sky.

Player of the match – Andy Robertson

We have a dream – analysis

This has been a huge campaign for Scotland, with the win on Saturday over Norway seismic in Clarke’s hopes of back-to-back Euros. However, a true mark of how much they have grown was evident here.

Remember, these two nations have history on a football field. On more than one occasion Georgia have been Scotland’s bogey team, and how like them it would have been to pluck out a landmark result only to then blow it at home to supposed lesser opposition.

Yes, there was a late scare, but Scotland’s charge to Germany is building. It’s hard to see right now who can slow it down, let alone stop it.

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  • Scotland have won 10 consecutive qualifiers for the first time, keeping eight clean sheets during this run, excluding play-off games
  • This was Georgia’s first competitive defeat since October 2021 against Greece, having gone unbeaten across their past 10 (W8 D2).
  • Scotland have scored at least twice in four consecutive matches for the first time since June-September 1983.
  • They have won six consecutive home matches with Steve Clarke at the helm for the first time, their most under a specific manager since a run of seven from August 1995 to April 1997 with Craig Brown.
  • McGregor scored his third goal for Scotland in his 53rd appearance, with all three coming at Hampden in June (2021 v Croatia, 2022 v Ukraine, 2023 v Georgia).
  • After scoring one goal in his first 19 home games for Scotland, McTominay has since scored five goals in his past three at Hampden.



Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Gunn
  • 2HickeyBooked at 45mins
  • 15Porteous
  • 13Hendry
  • 6TierneySubstituted forSouttarat 79′minutes
  • 3RobertsonBooked at 67mins
  • 4McTominay
  • 14GilmourSubstituted forMcLeanat 86′minutes
  • 8McGregorSubstituted forJackat 79′minutes
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forChristieat 90+2′minutes
  • 9DykesSubstituted forNisbetat 79′minutes


  • 5Souttar
  • 10Shankland
  • 11Christie
  • 12Kelly
  • 16Cooper
  • 17S Armstrong
  • 18Ferguson
  • 19Nisbet
  • 20Jack
  • 21Clark
  • 22Taylor
  • 23McLean


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Mamardashvili
  • 2Kakabadze
  • 5Kvirkvelia
  • 4Kashia
  • 23DvaliSubstituted forGocholeishviliat 56′minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 18LobzhanidzeSubstituted forDavitashviliat 64′minutes
  • 16KvekveskiriSubstituted forZivzivadzeat 56′minutes
  • 6GagnidzeBooked at 75mins
  • 7Kvaratskhelia
  • 10Kiteishvili
  • 22Mikautadze


  • 1Loria
  • 3Gvelesiani
  • 8Zivzivadze
  • 9Davitashvili
  • 11Kvilitaia
  • 13Gocholeishvili
  • 14Lochoshvili
  • 15Azarov
  • 17Gugeshashvili
  • 19Shengelia
  • 20Chakvetadze
  • 21Altunashvili

István Vad

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Match ends, Scotland 2, Georgia 0.

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