“No Scotland, no party,” chants the Tartan Army and that seems fair enough.
It is also true that watching Scotland can involve a stinky hangover and it is not always due to alcohol.
Generations of supporters have seen their expectations rise and fall from great heights.
Tartan army infantry still bear the scars of Argentina ’78, Wembley ’96 etc etc.
But if hope had killed them over the years, hope itself never died. You saw it in 3,000 faces at the Euro 2020 fanzone in Glasgow Green.
This 2021 Scottish squad has improved a lot over the past few years and their successful staff in the top of the range of the English Premier League give them a stamp of quality.
And yet it’s a work in progress and it showed against a Croatian side that may have lost some of the magic that brought them to the last World Cup final but still retain a class. which was too much for their hosts in Hampden.
Of course, he was unfortunate that Billy Gilmour came out with COVID. The Chelsea midfielder is someone you would hand your newborn baby to, on every foot.
He shows a tender love for football like the Scottish legends of yesteryear and over time the national team will build up around him.
His absence was not the reason Scotland lost. Perhaps its inclusion will provide part of the answer to tournament failure in the future – time will tell.
It is a positive element to hold onto and it is by no means the only one.
Coach Steve Clarke has made Scotland better and is showing all signs of improvement.
Maybe next time.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-22 21:55:00