SCOTLAND boss Gordon Strachan has praised the impact of Derby County’s Chris Martin after the striker made his debut against Nigeria in a 2-2 draw at Fulham’s Craven Cottage last night.
Martin came on at half-time for his first international appearance, while team-mate Craig Forsyth came on after 77 minutes.
And Strachan spoke of his delight at the ‘new dimension’ that Martin brought to the Tartan Army.
“Chris Martin gave us a new dimension when he came on,” Strachan said.
“Midfielders like it when the ball goes up to someone like that.
“It’s a new thing in football; the strikers are not scoring 40 or 50 goals a season.
“They score 20 or so but have to link up and let others score too. He is good that way.”
Celtic midfielder Charlie Mulgrew scored early with a neat backheel, but Michael Uchebo levelled shortly before half-time for World Cup-bound Nigeria.
An own-goal from Azubuike Egwuekwe restored Scotland’s lead but Nigeria substitute Uche Nwofor equalised at the death.