Hearts’ Jason Holt has Georgia on his mind

MAY DAY: Hearts defender Jordan McGhee helps Stevie May celebrate his goal for Scotland Under-21s against Slovakia. Picture: Rob Casey (SNS Group)
MAY DAY: Hearts defender Jordan McGhee helps Stevie May celebrate his goal for Scotland Under-21s against Slovakia. Picture: Rob Casey (SNS Group)
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JASON HOLT today warned Georgia that Scotland’s Under-21s will increase their misery when the teams meet in Tbilisi on Monday in a crucial European Championship qualifier.

The young Scots recorded a superb 2-1 win over Slovakia last night after Georgia lost 6-0 at home to Holland. Those results open up Group 3 in the fight for places at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship, with Scotland now joint second and three points behind the Dutch.

Hearts midfielder Holt, who played as a substitute last night, explained that Scotland are high on confidence and eager to ensure Georgia suffer even more on Monday.

“Beating Slovakia has given everybody a lift,” he told the Evening News. “The game on Monday becomes really important now. Three points would obviously be ideal. They just lost 6-0 so their confidence might be a bit low. We’ve just come off the back of a really good result so we’re feeling good.

“I was disappointed not to start but Billy Stark spoke to me and I’m just happy to play a part. Hopefully I can be involved over in Georgia. I got just under ten minutes last night but it might be hard to change a winning team.”

Scotland overwhelmed Slovakia in the first half and went 2-0 up through Stuart Armstrong and Stevie May. Thomas Malec reduced the deficit after the interval but Holt believes Scotland’s first-half performance justified the win. “I know we’re more than capable of putting in a first half like that,” he said. “They put a bit more pressure on us in the second half and brought on a big striker. We dealt really well with it.”