In this millennium, we have suffered many disappointments, failing to qualify for tournament after tournament.
We’ve had memorable times, such as beating France home and away in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, and the two free-kicks scored by Leigh Griffiths against England at Hampden four years ago.
Harry Kane scored an equaliser in stoppage time in the latter, and we were once again left deflated.
On Friday night, we also got a point against the Auld Enemy – but it felt like we had won the game.
And, you know what, we did deserve to leave Wembley with a victory. We weren’t lucky. We were brilliant.
Had we managed to put one of our chances past Jordan Pickford, I don’t think too many people would have grumbled, or said it wasn’t merited.
Friday night was one of the finest performances our national team has produced in decades, and now we need to show that again – and a wee bit more – on Tuesday night against Croatia.
Steve Clarke and his players will need to find a way to produce another monumental effort and performance to win at Hampden to give us a chance of going into the knock-out stages.
I have no doubt they can achieve it. The players are looking every inch the part.
This game will be the biggest our country has played in many, many years.
Indeed, I’ve heard some people say it is our biggest game EVER, and I can totally see their point.
We now need to find a way to turn our possession and creativity into goals because we need to score on Tuesday.
There’s no doubt we have played well in our opening games at Euro 2020.
Against the Czech Republic and England, we created seven or eight good chances. We should have scored at least three goals.
If we can find a way of being absolutely clinical – and getting that wee bit of luck that every side needs – then we can get the result we need.
At the moment, we sit bottom of Group D, but it is wide open.
Come 10pm on Tuesday, we could be second or third, or still bottom. That’s how much is up for grabs.
Having a section of the Tartan Army behind the team at Hampden will be a huge plus. The Scotland fans were great last Monday, and brilliant at Wembley.
Like the players, they just need to find an extra wee gear on Tuesday to help get it over the line.
Steve was very proud of all of his players on Friday night, and rightly so.
There will be a clamour for him to go with the same starting line-up against Croatia. He will assess the situation, look at the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses, and take it from there.
If he does go with the same guys, then good. If he makes a change or two, then we will know it’s for the right reasons.
The 11 players who started the game against Gareth Southgate’s men were sensational, they really were.
Kieran Tierney was rock-solid, and he influenced the game. It just reaffirmed how much we missed him last Monday.
Alongside him, Grant Hanley, Scott McTominay and Andy Robertson defended as though their lives depended on it. They tackled with strength and determination.
Stephen O’Donnell showed true character to turn in a wonderful display down the right-hand side, and was very unfortunate not to score with a screaming right-foot shot.
In the middle of the park, John McGinn, Callum McGregor and Billy Gilmour were different class. They bossed the game.
Gilmour won the Man of the Match in his first competitive game for his country, and – at just 20 – he performed with maturity beyond his years.
Up front, Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes worked well together, and the brave move by Steve of going with two up top worked very well.
Collectively, Scotland suffocated the threat of England’s talented footballers. They were composed and brave when it mattered.
Indeed, in the last six or seven minutes of the game, it looked as though England were settling for a point – and fearful of losing the game – as Scotland penetrated them.
The whole country is now absolutely on a high.
Steve will make sure things are measured from inside the camp, and that we keep our focus in the days and hours building up to the crunch match with Croatia.
In the aftermath of the disappointment of last Monday, Steve handled the media well. He protected his squad, and the togetherness shone through.
There is a different feeling now, and we hope we can all surpass that with a win on Tuesday.
We have played Croatia five times, and never lost to them.
But we are ranked 44th in the world, and are also the third lowest-ranked nation in the tournament.
But we are on the verge of making history, and there is a real feeling of positivity.
Let’s hope we can keep it going, and get a victory.
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