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Rhodes features for Scotland

12 September 2012

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Rovers' record signing impresses on international duty.

Jordan Rhodes got more game time for his country as Scotland drew with Macedonia on Tuesday night.

The Rovers striker once again started on the bench for Craig Levein's side at Hampden but made an immediate impact when introduced as a 66th minute substitute.

By then the match was at 1-1. Macedonia had stunned the home fans by taking the lead after just 11 minutes from Nikolce Noveski, though veteran striker Kenny Miller levelled just before the break.

Macedonia had looked the stronger of the two sides but it wasn't until Rhodes was introduced with just under half an hour to go that Scotland started to make an impression going forward, Rhodes going close on two occasions.

But despite the draw, Rhodes pleased to be involved once more.

"I'm just very happy to be part of the squad," Rhodes told Sky Sports. "Eighteen months ago I never had any international recognition at any stage.

"I'm just happy to be here and I'm enjoying very minute.

"I would have loved to have come on and rewarded the fans but it wasn't to be.

"I just tried to give my best and that's all you can do. I'll give it my best go and hopefully that will be good enough."

Grant Hanley was once again an unused substitute for the Scots.

Elsewhere Montenegro made light work of San Marino with a comfortable 6-0 win in Serravalle.

Rovers midfielder Simon Vukcevic played 65 minutes as two goals each from Fatos Beqiraj and Andrija Delibasic and strikes from Luka Djordjevic and Elsad Zverotic gave the Montenegrins a predictable result.

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