CHE ADAMS admits Scotland are out to settle a score with the Republic of Ireland after proving a point with victory over Ukraine at Hampden.

Steve Clarke's side sit top of Group 1 in their Nations League section thanks to a fine win on Wednesday night and a Euro 2024 play-off spot is now within reach in the coming days.

It was a performance and result far removed from the defeat to Ukraine that brought a painful and premature end to Clarke's World Cup dreams earlier this summer.

Just days later, the Hampden boss saw his side produce an even more abject showing as a dreadful defeat in Dublin threatened to damage Scotland's Nations League campaign.

The memories of that evening will inspire Scotland to ensure the mistakes are not repeated when Stephen Kenny's side make the trip to Glasgow this weekend.

And Adams knows the Dark Blues must show their true selves against an Ireland outfit who sit third in the section and are more concerned with finishing above Armenia over the closing fixtures.

“We are good enough now to put teams under pressure," Adams said. “That is what the gaffer has told us to do.

“Bring more pressure to the opposition and we definitely stood on more to them in the second half and caused them issues.

“That’s what the manager wanted, to show what this team is capable of doing.

“It was definitely that because it could have been a lot more as we dominated the game throughout.

“We 100 per cent try to win [the next two games]. We owe Ireland now from the summer. It is going to be a good game and I’m excited for it.

“We weren’t at it that day [against Ireland]. There are no excuses.

“Now we have to put that right at the weekend and show what we are about. They will have seen that result against Ukraine and they will be worried.

“That is everyone’s ambition [to top the group]. You can see that against Ukraine.

“We had to win and did that very well. It could have been more."

There was an ominous feeling in the air at half-time on Wednesday night as Scotland struggled to make their dominance count and went in level at the break against a Ukraine side that had failed to fire.

A sting in the tail would have been typical. It would all end in style, though, as John McGinn broke the deadlock and set Scotland on their way to three points.

Lyndon Dykes stepped off the bench to clinch the win with a fine header before another nodded effort minutes later added a gloss to the scoreline that didn't flatter the hosts.

There was a sense of pride for Adams as he more than played his part in a memorable occasion. There was one of regret, though, as he was denied by the woodwork and keeper Anatoliy Trubin in quick succession.

Adams said: “We had a lot of chances but I should have scored. The team are good now and we could have scored more.

“We went in at half-time and were full of belief that we could win because we dominated the first-half. Then we went on to dominate the whole of the game.

“It is one of those that we have to take that performance into the rest of the games and hopefully we can get results.

“Looking back I definitely should have had one goal. Then Lyndon came on and scored two and that is just the way football is.

“He played very well. It was a top performance from everyone."