A John Egan volley separates the sides at the break, with Scotland being unable to match the intensity of their mid-week win over Ukraine.
Scotland took on the Republic of Ireland at Hampden knowing that a win would take them back to the top of their Nations League group, after falling to second earlier in the day courtesy of a Ukraine win over Armenia.
On his 50th cap, John McGinn captained a side led by Lyndon Dykes who took the place of the benched Che Adams after his mid-week brace against Ukraine.
Less than 10 minutes into the match and Scotland fans’ hearts were in their mouth as Troy Parrot was left bearing down on Craig Gordon’s goal. The on-loan Tottenham Hotspur forward found the back of the net only to be denied by the assistant’s flag, to the delight of the home crowd.
That turned out to be a warning of what was to come as Ireland took the lead 7 minutes later. Captain John Egan rifled home a volley from close range after Scotland failed to deal with a corner despite multiple attempts. The Sheffield United central defender punishing the home side for a sluggish start.
As the half wore on the fans attempted to drag the home side through the gears, however Scotland seemed unable to match the tempo they set against Ukraine on Wednesday.
In an unfortunate repeat of the mid-week match, Scotland lost a full back to injury in the first half. Kieran Tierney was withdrawn by the medical team after a head knock in a clash involving Parrott. Celtic’s Greg Taylor was introduced as Steve Clarke was forced to turn to his third left back in as many games.