14 reasons to be cheerful despite the Slovakia result

The Scottish FA has been using the phrase '˜This Time' as the national team attempts to qualify for its first major tournament in 20 years. Perhaps '˜Maybe, if we're lucky' would be a better slogan. Still, things could be worse - here are 14 reasons why we shouldn't be too despondent. And anyway, things are always at their worst before they get better, right?

To quote Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch: 'You live in hope, don't you?' Picture: Press Association

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