You’ve backed Scotland to win. Bad luck. You’ve backed Steven Fletcher to be the game’s first, last or anytime goalscorer. Worse luck? Not if you’ve punted with Paddy Power.
Paddy – respectful of any nation that would choose to wear a kilt in this weather – has decided to give his Scottish cousins a break and refund all first, last, anytime or in-running bets on Steven Fletcher across all channels.
That’s right – anyone who backed the Sunderland striker to hit the onion bag is getting their money back after an ankle injury forced him off after just four minutes.
Now Paddy’s renowned for his cunning stunts and Justice payouts and was so shocked that a young Irish team could pass and move the ball in unison in their 0-0 away draw with Sweden that he felt that Scottish punters should be a given a break on Gordon Strachan’s first game in charge.
Fletcher landed awkwardly on his ankle after contesting a header with Swansea City’s Ben Davies as the Scots went down 2-1. Grant Hanley opened the scoring in the 45th minute for the home side but two quick-fire goals from Aaron Ramsey (pen, 73) and Hal Robson-Kanu (74 mins) did the damage.
Scotland now travel to Serbia on Tuesday while Wales face Group A joint-leaders Croatia on the same night.