Kenny Miller was more encouraged by Scotland's performance in the 3-0 win over Northern Ireland on Wednesday night than scoring in his first game as captain.

Miller, earning his 52nd cap, was stand-in skipper in the absence of injured Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, and it was his 18th-minute strike from close range which broke the deadlock. A first international goal from Wigan midfielder James McArthur and a Kris Commons strike sealed the victory.

"It was one of the most enjoyable games I have played in for Scotland, we played very well and worked very hard," said Miller.

"We got two goals in the first half and it was a fantastic third goal with great play, great movement and a great finish. I thought the midfield were outstanding. They worked very, very hard but also when we had the ball they were taking up some great positions.

"Every time we went forward it ended up with a shot, a cross, a header, something was happening and there were good end products and so it was really enjoyable."

Miller admitted that the night went as well as he could have hoped.

He said: "It could not have went much better. I have captained my country for the first time, managed to get a goal in a fantastic performance and fantastic result to start off this mini-tournament so, as I say, it could not have went much better."

Scotland manager Craig Levein spoke before the match about how impressed he has been with his inexperienced players and he thought they proved him right with a slick performance.

Levein said: "We played very well. I have been talking constantly about players at their clubs playing a very high standard and how much improvement there has been in a lot of players in the last year.

"But it is one thing me talking about it. It is important the players take that onto the pitch and prove I am not talking a lot of rubbish."

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