Scotland’s Euro play-off hopes end in Spain

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Craig Levein’s men have failed to qualify for the play-off stages of the European Championships after losing 3-1 against World Champions Spain.

The Scots were chasing the game from the start when Spain took the lead after only five minutes.  Two more Spanish goals either side of the half effectively ended the Scot’s slim hopes of remaining in the tournament.

A consolation goal from a penalty for the Scots late on could not hide the embarrassing gulf between the sides with Spain’s technical superiority clear for all to see.

A post mortem will surely follow and Levein will be fortunate to remain in charge following what was a very poor campaign.   A decision to play in the Czech Republic with no striker was followed by an injury time goal against minnows Lichtenstein that saved blushes.

Levein has taken an average workmanlike team and contrived to produce a series of results which was beneath even modest expectations.  Levein apparently believes he is building a club mentality – the question is … which club?