SAINTS midfielder Stuart Armstrong scored his second goal for Scotland and his first for more than two years in a 6-0 win against San Marino on an increasingly waterlogged Hampden pitch.

John McGinn hit a first-half hat-trick and Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay both netted their first international goals during a second half played in terrible conditions before substitute Armstrong completed the rout after a bizarre incident in the latter stages.

Johnny Russell had a shot stopped before fellow substitute Armstrong benefited from a misunderstanding in the 87th minute.

The San Marino goalkeeper picked the ball up outside his box after Shankland appeared to be fouled in the centre circle. The referee had waved play on though and Scotland found themselves with a free-kick 25 yards out.

Some of the San Marino players urged Scotland to give them the ball back but Armstrong showed no such generosity and curled into the top corner.

The ball held up with every pass in the second half, with the heavy rain continuing throughout the game.

A domestic match would unquestionably have been abandoned in similar circumstances but neither team nor the French match officials were looking to try again 24 hours later, as UEFA rules dictate.

While there was a limit to what can be taken from beating the world's lowest ranked team on such a pitch, Scotland did move up to fourth spot in Group I of the European Championship qualifiers.

With Cyprus and Kazakhstan both losing, Scotland are now a point off third ahead of playing both teams next month, and have a chance to boost morale before the play-offs in March.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg helped Denmark continue their unbeaten start to Euro 2020 qualification on Saturday, after coming on as a 65th-minute sub in the 1-0 win against Switzerland, when the match was still goalless.

Denmark are level on points with Group D leaders Republic of Ireland ahead of tomorrow’s friendly at home to Luxembourg. 

Maya Yoshida has a World Cup qualifier for Japan in Tajikistan on Tuesday afternoon and Sofiane Boufal a friendly for Morocco against Gabon, while Michael Obafemi and Kevin Danso have U21 Euro 2021 qualifiers for Republic of Ireland and Austria respectively.