CELTIC captain Callum McGregor kept his cool as a sell-out Hampden rocked during a pulsating World Cup qualifier with Israel last night.

The thrilling and dramatic confrontation ebbed and flowed with Nir Bitton and his team-mates twice taking the lead before the encounter was settled in the fourth minute of stoppage-time by Scott McTominay who claimed his first-ever goal for the Scots with impeccable timing.

It was an evening of breathtaking action on the rainswept south side of Glasgow as two sets of determined players went head to head in the quest for the points that would edge their respective nations towards the sporting extravanganza in Qatar next year. The blistering second-half, in particular, left the 52,000 onlookers breathless with excitement and anticipation.

CQN‘s ace snappers were at the national stadium to capture the key moments in one of Scotland’s most enthralling international episodes in years.

FIRST BLOOD…Eran Zahavi fires in the opening goal for Israel via an expertly-executed free-kick.

MIGHTY McGINN…midfielder John McGinn curls in a superb left-footed equaliser.

TWO BAD…Munas Dabbur pounces on a parry from Craig Gordon to force in the second goal.

TAKE-OFF…Billy Gilmour is sent flying by Israel skipper Dor Peretz in the penalty-kick incident just before the interval.

HAMPDEN HOWLER…Lyndon Dykes’ badly-placed spot-kick is blocked by the left foot of keeper Ofir Marciano.

ALL-SQUARE…Lyndon Dykes atones for his spot-kick mishap with a first-time volley for the second Scotland strike.

THE LAST POST…Scott McTominay is almost hidden by Ofir Marciano as he knocks in the winner in stoppage time.

GLEE CLUB…Scott McTominay races away in triumph with Callum McGregor (left), Kieran Tierney and Lyndon Dykes in pursuit.

TOP OF THE WORLD…skipper Andy Robertson joins the celebrating throng.

THE HAMPDEN ROAR…the Tartan Army celebrate a memorable – and exhausting – victory.


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