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Scotland’s Triumph – Securing a Spot in Euro 2024

Updated: Jun 9

Scotland purchases ticket for Euro 2024 with hard work, modesty, and McTominay


By: Jyotirmay Chitale


PHOTOGRAPH: WIX STOCK IMAGES


In a tale of persistence, skills, modesty, Scott McTominay, and a bit of the legendary Scottish spirit, Scotland has triumphantly secured their place in the upcoming Euro Championship 2024 in Germany. Steve Clarke’s side has showcased resilience and football prowess in a journey that has left fans delighted and their opponents in awe. 


Spain’s victory over Norway on matchday 8 sealed the Scottish fate as they ensured Scotland’s presence in the finals in Germany next summer with 2 matches yet to be played. After the heartbreak of missing out on the FIFA World Cup, Scotland was determined to bounce back, and they did so in some style.


Steve Clarke when asked about his take on Scotland’s direct qualification to the next summer’s competition said: “The players made sure that I didn’t break a promise. After the draw I had to have a board meeting. I told them that this group would directly qualify for Euros 2024. No playoffs, I said they would go straight there. So I made it.”


Scotland’s journey to Euro 2024 was akin to a finely orchestrated Highland reel. From nail biting fixtures to games that left the Tartan army on the edge of their seats, the squad displayed their mettle throughout the qualification round. Although, Scotland was faced with a nervous wait after they were beaten by Spain on Matchday 7 when Scott MacTominay’s goal was controversially disallowed for Offside, an outstanding start to qualification, with five wins in five games, throttled Scotland to their second consecutive competition since 1998.


Scotland’s performance in the Euro qualification rounds was a harbinger of exciting things to come. The Scots have a talented squad at their disposal, and they will be hoping to make their mark at Euro 2024, the team has a good mix of experience and youth, and they have shown that they can compete with the best teams in Europe. 


This qualification has not only the team but also the entire nation. Supporters from the highlands to the lowlands rallied behind the team, demonstrating the unity and strength of the Scottish spirit. 

Scotland having made things difficult for them in the last edition of Euro qualifiers kept things fairly subtle and simple by automatically qualifying for the championship rather than taking the back door of playoffs. 


With qualification sealed and boarding passes ready for Germany, it will be crucial for Scotland not to get ahead of themselves and manager Steve Clarke is all about one step at a time and precision, when asked about the morale in the team and plans for the championship he said: “We can start planning but we do not want to get too far ahead of ourselves. There are still challenges that I have set my players; can we finish on the same points tally as Spain?” Scotland is set to play another important match against France before the players resume club duties until November. 


Scotland’s final fixture a friendly against France will be without their star man Andy Robertson who left the team camp halfway after picking up a shoulder injury in their defeat to Spain, when asked to comment on Scotland’s direct qualification to the championships said: “mission accomplished.” He also added “Euro 2020 was a great experience and the objective for us next summer is to build on that previous experience and improve on our last overall tournament performance.” 


There are still 2 games that both Scotland and Spain have to play in the Euro qualifiers before curtains fall on the most exciting European qualifiers. Scotland plays away to Georgia and then at home to Norway whereas Spain finishes their qualifying campaign with a trip away to Cyprus followed by a home game against Georgia, for Scotland to be a top seeded team in the draws they need to win both the games but nevertheless the Scottish boarding passes are ready for Deutschland.


With this round of international duties coming to an end on Wednesday we can now see the Euro 2024 teams taking up shape as Scotland and Spain join Portugal, France, Belgium, and Turkey in reaching the finals next summer as Germany have automatically qualified as hosts. Scotland’s absence from the big stage for 23 consecutive years now comes to an end as Steve Clarke’s side has managed to be a part of 2 consecutive European championships and they will be all ready to build up on this.



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