Where are they now? The Scotland side who defeated Switzerland at Euro 96 – the last time we won a match at a major tournament

A look at the players who last helped Scotland to victory in a European Championships’ match.

Ally McCoist fires in the only goal of the game. Picture: SNS
Ally McCoist fires in the only goal of the game. Picture: SNS

When Scotland take on England at Wembley in their second group game of Euro 2020, it’ll be exactly 25 years to the day since the last time they won a match at a major international tournament.

Hopefully their performance – and the result – matches up to the one they received at Villa Park all those years ago. While it ultimately ended in disappointment as a 1-0 win, courtesy of an Ally McCoist thunderbolt, wasn’t enough for them to reach the knockout stages of Euro 96, Craig Brown’s side could be proud of their performance in what turned out to be the latest chapter in our ‘glorious failure’ series.

A combination of missed opportunities in addition to the goal, and a late consolation for the Netherlands against England, saw them out on goal difference.

Left Rangers in 1998 and had a nomadic end to his career, travelling round several clubs including a two-game stint at Manchester United. Works the after dinner speaking circuit these days.


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The full-back left Celtic in 1999 and retired a year later. He's back at his boyhood heroes, working as a scout.
Retired a Celtic player in 2002. Works as a club ambassador for the Parkhead side and occasionally does co-commentary for Celtic TV.
Left Blackburn in 1998 to join Rangers, where he stayed for two years. Bounced around some lower league clubs before retiring. Works the after-dinner speaker circuit and does some media work in Lancashire.
Left Tottenham in 1999 and had stints with Aston Villa and Notts Forest before retiring. Went into management, including a stint at Hibs, most recently leaving Cambridge United in 2020.


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Left Rangers for Bradford City in 1998 and has since had three separate spells as manager of the Yorkshire club. Also successfully managed Motherwell for a four-year period in the 2010s.
Helped Celtic to win their first title in a decade two years after these Euros. Retired in 2004 and has since worked in punditry. Currently living in the US as an ESPN employee.

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