Rangers duo Ross McCrorie and Glenn Middleton played key roles for Scotland under-21s as they recorded a vital 2-1 win over Croatia in their bid to reach the European Championship finals for the first time since 1996.

The Scots narrowly defeated San Marino last week in their previous qualifier but faced a tougher test in the Croatians.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Glenn Middleton of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The hosts took the lead through Sandro Kulenovic’s header, dominating much of the game until the break before Scotland launched their fight-back.

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Substitute Middleton got the ball rolling when he picked out Connor McLennan McLennan inside the area with a low pass and the striker stroked the ball home.

It was McCrorie, playing at right-back, who set up the winner after his whipped cross was straight at the goalkeeper by McLennan but somehow found it’s way into the back of the net.


Rangers team-mates Stephen Kelly and Robby McCrorie were also among the substitutes but weren’t involved in the game.


The result leaves Scotland level with Greece at the top of the group on six points after both sides have played two games.

Portsmouth's Ross McCrorie during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Sunderland and Portsmouth at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 17th August 2019.

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Lithuania and the Czech Republic are three points further back, although the Lithuanians have already played three times while the Czech’s have a game in hand.

Croatia and San Marino prop up the group on zero points with the minnows also having played three times while Croatia’s defeat was their opening game of the campaign.

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