SCOTLAND’S late matchwinner Chris Martin admitted he found it easy to ignore the boo brigade who “welcomed” his substitution at Hampden last night.

The Derby striker, currently on loan at Fulham, came on for James Morrison in the 82nd minute – and scored the only goal in the crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia with two minutes to play.

Martin silenced the loudmouths with his effort that could prove to be pivotal in Gordon Strachan’s side’s bid to reach the Finals in Russia next year.

The powerhouse frontman revealed he did not notice the adverse reaction from a section of the support to his introduction and claimed: “I was only made aware of it after the game.

“I didn’t know there was a tough reception when I came on, I was just focused on trying to help the boys out and trying to get a goal that we deserved during the game.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to that, I was just delighted for the lads and for the manager, as well.

“He has shown faith in me throughout the last couple of campaigns, so I am delighted to repay the faith and get some reward for the hard work we put in on this occasion and throughout this campaign so far.

“The game was amazing, that’s all I was focused on.

“The manager sent me on to find the goal and, luckily, I came up with one.”

Martin refused to get involved in the speculation that claimed Strachan’s job was on the line.

He added: “I don’t really pay too much attention to that, obviously that’s the media side and you’ve got to have a focus as a player on your own job.

“But we knew as players it was a must-win and we are just delighted to get over the line. And obviously it makes it sweeter for myself that I was the one to get the winner.

“I think you saw with the celebration, there were a few emotions in there, but mainly just delighted for the lads and the work we put in. I think we deserved to win the game.

“I’m absolutely delighted I had the support of everyone in the dressing room and the manager behind me.”

On the unfortunate jeers for Martin, boss Strachan pointed out the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Gary McAllister were also booed by Scotland fans during their careers.

“How’s that for company?” he said.


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