World’s end for former Spit­tal pupil

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Castlemilk’s Ikechi Anya went from a feel­ing of mo­men­tous joy to one of com­plete and ut­ter dev­as­ta­tion this week as Scot­land failed to qual­ify for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

The former Spit­tal Pri­mary School pupil came on as a sub­sti­tute in the penul­ti­mate game to set up the 89th minute win­ning own goal against Slo­vakia on Thurs­day - spark­ing in­cred­i­ble cel­e­bra­tions on the Ham­p­den Park slopes.

Come Sun­day night how­ever, the Derby winger was in­tro­duced once again from the bench by boss Gor­don Stra­chan but this time failed to make an im­pact as they drew 2-2 in Slove­nia.

The re­sult ended Scot­land’s hopes of a play-off spot and also wit­ness­ing the Tar­tan Army make their first ap­pear­ance at a World Cup for 20 years.

World de­feat Anya (left) and his Scot­land team­mates at full-time on Sun­day night

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