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Scotland / International 

Steven Naismith’s persistence paid off as Scotland opened their Nations League campaign with a morale-boosting win against Albania.

Naismith’s header went in off Berat Djimsiti and the Hearts forward nodded the Scots’ second after a dreadful piece of goalkeeping at a corner.

His second-half showing made up for a glaring first-half miss and having a goal chalked off for offside as the home side dominated at a sodden Hampden that was less than half full.

And it was a much more assured performance from Alex McLeish’s side with no repeat of the errors that were so ruthlessly punished by Belgium in Friday’s 4-0 friendly defeat.

Stephen O’Donnell in particular excelled at right wing-back after being a surprise inclusion.

The returning Allan McGregor made a crucial save to deny Bekim Balaj at 1-0, the striker also volleying over as Albania failed to emulate their opening group win against Israel.