Hearts defender John Souttar dedicates Scotland goal to brother and admits: 'I can't put it into words'

John Souttar was lost for words after helping Scotland secure their place among the top seeds for the World Cup play-offs with a 2-0 win over Denmark at Hampden.

By Matthew Elder
Monday, 15th November 2021, 11:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th November 2021, 9:43 am

The Hearts defender, who has battled back from two career-threating achilles injuries, scored a fairytale opener before a Che Adams finish five minutes from time secured the victory that put Steve Clarke's side among the six best-placed group runners-up for qualification for Qatar 2022.

Souttar received a late call-up to the squad as a replacement for Scott McTominay, who was ruled out due to a throat infection.

Speaking on the pitch as Hampden rocked moments after full-time, an emotional Souttar told Sky Sports: "It's absolutely incredible. The atmosphere just now is unbelievable.

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"For me to be involved in a game like that, I can't put it into words.

"It was a long day [after finding out I was playing]. I was just looking forward to it.

"I've went through a lot in the last year and I couldn't have expected anything like this. It was brilliant."

Souttar revealed that his first half header came from a corner kick routine practised in training.

Scotland’s John Souttar celebrates his opener against Denmark at Hampden. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

"It was a total blur. We worked on that corner during the week and thankfully we scored from it. I'm just delighted.

"This is the moment. It's incredible. The whole rehab and everything this makes it all worth it.”

Dedicating his goal to his sibling, Souttar added: “My brother Aaron, he's at home. He couldn't make it tonight but that was for him because he helped me a lot during my rehab, so that was for him."

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