Scotland celebrates Euro finals qualification

Scotland celebrates Euro finals qualification

Scotland has been celebrating the men’s national football team’s achievement in qualifying for its first major tournament in more than 20 years.

The nail-biting penalty shoot out victory over Serbia secured qualification for the delayed Euro 2020 event, which will take place next year.

The men’s team last played in a major tournament back in 1998.

There has been an outpouring of emotion from fans and players following the historic achievement.

A tweet from Scotland manager Steve Clarke’s son John was among those which summed up the national mood.

He said: “My dad is my hero. Watching my hero take Scotland to an international competition is the greatest thing I’ll ever see.”

Social media feeds were quickly filled with the moments which will live on in fans’ memories. They ranged from goalkeeper David Marshall’s delayed celebration to Ryan Christie’s emotional post-match interview – and the team’s joyful dressing room celebration to the song Yes Sir I Can Boogie.

Comedian Kevin Bridges was one of those celebrating in the aftermath of the match, saying: “Mad Scotland! Said it years ago that we’d quality for Euro 2021. Brilliant.”

As the celebrations continued the morning after, broadcasting legend Archie Macpherson described the emotions felt by many fans when the match went to penalties.

He told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme that he kept his eyes shut during the crucial shoot-out.

“I have a deep aversion to penalty shoot-outs that I think, eventually, only psychiatry will overcome,” he said.

He had commentated on the first ever penalty shoot out in European football, between Celtic and Inter Milan in Glasgow 1972 – when the first kick was missed by the home team.

Mr Macpherson said: “As the Scottish players walked up to the penalty spot I was actually seeing the ghost of Dixie Deans stepping forward and I expected to see the ball going over the bar or something like that.

“It was very, very tense and I enjoyed it like a 10-year-old schoolboy.”

However, Tartan Army member Scott Husband was keen to highlight the country’s perfect penalty shoot-out record.

The men’s team has only taken part in two – and has won them both.

He said: “I actually was very cool. I thought we were going to win it.

“We are the world champions at penalties. We have got a 100% record. We have taken 10 and scored 10.”

Katie Howard will be one of the volunteers at next summer’s tournament, when some of the matches will be played in Glasgow.

She watched the decisive moment in her university student accommodation.

“The place blew up. It was so good,” she said.

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