Two years and two months after the national team started the last Uefa Nations League campaign with a 2-0 win over Albania, Steve Clarke’s men made full use of the insurance policy granted to them under Alex McLeish’s stewardship to reach the European Championships.
It wasn’t pretty along the way. The 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan was a low point in the life of many a Scotland supporter and ultimately cost McLeish his job. There remained a few bumps in the road once Clarke took hold of the wheel, but ultimately he was able to deliver the dream of every fan watching at home as David Marshall’s penalty save saw passage to next summer’s tournament.
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In this picture gallery, we take a look at 13 of the stars who helped along the way and herald the grassroots clubs who helped develop them.
The Southampton star learned his skills at Dyce Boys Club.