Scotland faced the Czech Republic in their first match of the Euros. They suffered a 2-0 defeat at Hampden as fans have been left disappointed and angry.
Fans were immediately skeptical as key players Kieran Tierney, Che Adams and hopeful youngsters Billy Gilmour, David Turnbull and Nathan Paterson were absent from the starting 11.
The players played well as a whole but the inability to capitalise on the different chances they made and some poor defensive decisions were ultimately what cost Scotland the match.
Stephen O’Donnell seemed shaken and out of his depth during the match and David Marshall’s attempt at saving the second goal was woeful but despite what fans have been saying online, they weren’t to blame.
Che Adams’s entrance in the second half worked excellently and helped set up a good few of Scotland’s chances but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson should have made an appearance during the match when O’Donnell was subbed off in the 70th minute as his speed and agility could have made a big impact on the game. Celtic’s David Turnbull and Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour’s abilities in the midfield could have made an exceptional difference to the game and they should be involved in the games against Croatia and England either as a sub or even in the starting 11.
It is always seen as a gamble playing young players in the national teams, especially if they haven’t had consistent game time or full 90 minute games, but if they were seen as good enough to called up to the team then they must be good enough to appear on the pitch.
Some major changes need to be made for their game against England on Friday however, making sure the players are feeling confident in their and the team’s ability is the first change fans need to see. A change of starting 11 and tactics needs to happen if Scotland want to gain at least one point in their next match.