Scotland win over Israel 'never in doubt' says Nicola Sturgeon, while actor Martin Compston brands 3-2 victory 'best ever'

Celebrities and well-known figures in Scottish life joined thousands watching Scotland’s dramatic 3-2 win over Israel in the World Cup qualifiers.

Scotland fans celebrate during a FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park, on October 09 , 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Hampden was rocking at full-time, just moments after the late, late goal from Scott McTominay handed Steve Clarke’s team a comeback victory – and sent the sold-out stadium into ecstacy.

Among the crowd was actor Martin Compston, star of Line of Duty and Vigil, shared a video enjoying the celebrations and tweeted: “Been to a few Scotland games in my time, in terms of pure entertainment and exhilaration that was the best ever. We’ll be coming!”

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He wasn't alone. Thousands partied in the stands and across the country after the nerve-shredding evening of football where Israel took an early lead but were twice pulled back by John McGinn and then Lyndon Dykes, despite a missed penalty.

It all set up for a dramatic conclusion and with Scotland pressing for a winner – it finally came in the third minute of injury time.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her congratulations to the team at full-time though prefaced her message with “never in doubt” and a sweating face emoji.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and Deacon Blue frontman Rocky Ross were in agreement on Ally McCoist's co-commentary on Sky Sports and national team captain Andy Robertson thanked the sell-out crowd for their support, writing: “A full house at Hampden should be credited with that comeback! What an atmosphere and big three points to back it up!”

Next up for Steve Clarke’s side is a trip to the Faroe Islands, where Scotland won in 2007, but drew under Berti Vogts in 2002.

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