Steve Evans joked that Jamie Reid could miss the Bolton Wanderers game for his part in Northern Ireland's win over Scotland - but the Stevenage boss said he and the squad had noting but pride for his achievements.

The 29-year-old striker scored on his international debut away to Romania and started the 1-0 win over the Scots in Glasgow.

And Evans can forgive him the later, believing this is the start of a long career with the Irish.

"I don't think he's going to start [against Bolton] either," said Evans. "He's coming in my door this morning and he's humming and singing and bopping away, you could tell Reidy had scored. 

"In all seriousness, he got clapped in by the players and applauded into our staff meeting. 

"We're so proud of him but you know, if Reidy is on the pitch at any stage tomorrow, he will still be getting screamed at to move or win a header or take a chance. 

"That's the wonderful aspect of football but I don't think it's the last time we're going to see Jamie play for his country. 

"I certainly think he's done enough in Romania and at Hampden Park." 

He also says the progression of the Torquay-born forward has been impressive, and comes from an inner strength of character.

Evans said: "Paul [Raynor] and I have been fortunate in our career to work with some of the best that have to have that arrogance and confidence.  

"It's a fine line. You don't want arrogance but you have to have a touch of that to tick the box. 

"Jamie has that arrogance, that belief and most importantly, the ability to put the ball in the net 

"And if he misses chances, it won't knock him and he'll be back for the next one. 

"That's the one thing you get with the best strikers at any level, they miss chances but they come back. 

"Read the papers [after the Bolton game] and see who scored the goal?  

"We want to see Reidy on the scoresheet."