After a painful 3-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday, Scotland are officially eliminated from the Euros.
Despite a brilliant equaliser from Callum McGregor before half time, the game unfortunately ended in Croatia’s favour. Steve Clarke’s side showed determination and fight throughout the game but the loss was down to Croatia simply being the better team.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke has said that the Euros was ‘the start to something bigger’ for the national team and with the remaining World Cup qualifying fixtures scheduled for the autumn, Scotland could still see themselves at Qatar 2022.
The Women’s World Cup qualifiers are also set to take place in the autumn, meaning both the men’s and women’s teams have a chance to bring back international football glory to Scotland.
Scotland has the advantage of having a vast range of players at their disposal, especially in terms of young talent. Players such as David Turnbull, Nathan Patterson, Billy Gilmour and Scotland under 21s player Alan Campbell and Aaron Hickey could potentially be the future driving forces of the men’s national team.
If Scotland continues to nurture their young talent while keeping tabs on their more experienced players, some of which play in major leagues around the world, the national team has no reason as to why they can’t do well. Qualifying for the Euros ignited a fire in the national team and Scotland as the desire to return to major tournaments and do well rages on.