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A contingent of over 3000 Scotland fans were in attendance in the AEK Arena in Larnaca, testament to the renewed vigour installed in the national side by Steve Clarke.

They didn’t have to wait long to begin the celebrations as Scott McTominay continued his prolific record in a national jersey, netting after only six minutes. Captain Andy Robertson’s cross was initially met by John McGinn who glanced his header towards the back post, where the Manchester United man was on hand to nod home.

Whilst the Tartan Army celebrated in the stand, Cyprus forward Grigoris Kastanos kept the group leaders honest, unleashing a dangerous shot just wide.

Ryan Porteous then buried his first Scotland goal to give the visitors breathing space with just over 15 minutes on the clock. Robertson again swung in a dangerous ball, this time from a wide free kick, where the former Hibs defender latched on to Jack Hendry’s knock down before stabbing the ball home for the second.

Scotland were comfortable and cruising as John McGinn added a third on the half mark. The Aston Villa midfielder unleashed a left footed finish from the edge of the box for his 17th international goal.