Steve Clarke FUMING during Scotland lap of honour as he skips Norway analysis to focus on Euro 2024 heroics
Steve Clarke joked he couldn’t fully enjoy Scotland’s Hampden Euro 2024 qualification lap of honour because he was still raging at Norway’s late goal that denied them victory in their final Group A game.
But the national team boss opted to skip analysing the 3-3 thriller in Glasgow to instead focus on an incredible campaign that saw Scotland book their place in Germany next summer with a couple of games to spare. Clarke watched his side share six goals in their last qualifier which will see them go into Pot 3 for the draw for next summer’s finals when it takes place in Hamburg on December 2.
Scotland twice came from behind through John McGinn’s penalty and an own goal before Stuart Armstrong’s strike looked to have put them on course for a victory. However, ex Celtic man Moi Elyounoussi netted at the death. And Clarke told Viaplay: “It was nice at the end. I didn’t smile too much because I was still fuming about the third goal we conceded because that’s just the way I’m made up. It’s probably not a night to overanalyse this one but analyse the campaign and to take three points off Spain at Hamden was crucial and four points off Norway and Georgia, and six off Cyprus, you end up with the same points total, minus the six against the Pot 6 team, as we had for the World Cup when were second place behind Denmark.
“I might bypass how I’m feeling after tonight’s game. It was a strange game and strange atmosphere. You don’t get too many 3-3 games in international football. Overall, in terms of get group, the performance of the lads has been fantastic. To qualify in the manner we did… the draw was favourable to us with three home games in the first four but you have to capitalise and we did that, put ourselves in a great position