Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet given late cameo as Scotland warm-up for Euro 2020 with win over Luxembourg

Kevin Nisbet is still waiting on his first Scotland start after making a late substitute appearance in the 1-0 win over Luxembourg.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 8:52 pm
Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet warms up ahead of the friendly win over Luxembourg. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

The Hibs striker won his third cap after replacing QPR front man Lyndon Dykes in the 82nd minute of the final warm-up match ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic at Hampden in eight days time.

The 24-year-old came off the bench to score his first goal for his country in the midweek 2-2 draw with the Netherlands, but Scotland head coach Steve Clarke opted for a front pairing of Dykes and Che Adams.

Southampton striker Adams fired Scotland into a 27th minute lead before Luxembourg were reduced to 10 men after defender Vahid Selimovic was shown a straight red card for pulling back Dykes as he homed in on goal.

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Scotland missed numerous chances to add to their tally before Clarke turned to Nisbet for the final eight minutes.

The Hibs striker was unable to add to his international tally in his short time on the park but his contribution against the Dutch is sure to keep him in Clarke's thoughts for the upcoming tournament.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon dropped to the bench with Derby County stopper David Marshall reinstated after missing the Netherlands match as a precaution due to being a close contact of John Fleck, who tested postive for Covid-19.

However, Clarke has left the door open for Gordon to start in goal against the Czechs next Monday, admitting he is keeping an "open mind" over who will get the gloves for Scotland's first match at a major finals in 23 years.

“I haven’t got any 100 per cent decisions in my mind,” said Clarke when asked if he had been agonising over the goalkeeping position for the Euro 2020 opener. “I’m going to keep an open mind. I’m not going to tie things down in terms of ‘this is the way I’m going to go’."

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