The West Bromwich Albion striker Scott Dobie found the net in his first appearance for his adopted country when he took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly in Stirling last night. Dobie is an Englishman who, like many before him in recent years, is allowed to pull on a Scotland jersey because he has a grandmother who hails from the country.
The striker who helped propel the Baggies into the Premiership took little time to impress the Scotland coach, Berti Vogts, after coming on as a second-half substitute. However, the scorer of the first goal against Dundee United has a more authentic Tartan pedigree – Wigan Athletic's Paul Dalglish is the son of the Celtic and Liverpool legend Kenny, the Scots' most capped player.
This was a match that was played in front of no fans and a handful of journalists. Had any United fans been present, they would have felt aggrieved in the 10th minute when Dalglish fired the Scots into the lead. His captain, Gavin Rae, had put him clear but he looked suspiciously offside when he lofted the ball into the net.
The Scotland goalkeeper Alan Combe is a Dundee United player, although he has been away on loan at Bradford City. So he was denying his own club-mates when he saved from Tassos Venetis, Stephen McConalogue and Stuart Duff.
At the other end Kevin Kyle, the tall Sunderland forward, was causing United problems. Then Dundee United's Charlie Miller came to his team's rescue when he cleared off the line after Lee Wilkie, the Dundee defender who used to support United as a boy, had headed a corner goalwards.
The impressive Combe was replaced at the break by Dundee's Jamie Langfield as the Scots used all seven substitutes. Dobie was one, partnering Wigan's Andy Liddell up front, and he was denied by the goalkeeper Paul Gallacher when a slip-up in the United back line allowed him to get in a low drive.
However, Dobie marked his first appearance in a Scotland shirt with a goal in the 58th minute when another substitute, Fulham's Kieran McAnespie, lofted in a cross from the left and the former Carlisle United forward rose to head the ball past Gallacher.Reuse content