Analysis: Ryan Jack, Steve Clarke & Euro 2021…

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BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 12: Scott McTominay of Scotland celebrates during the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off Final between Serbia and Scotland at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 12, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

After Scotland’s historic qualification for Euro 2021, we won’t deny we were pleased. If you readers want to be petty and hate the national team, we won’t object and indeed will completely understand why, but after Ryan Jack played a pivotal role in getting his country to the party for the first time in 23 years, we were happy to see it.

Seeing one of our players prominently part of the regime, even if we have absolutely no other contenders in our squad to realistically get into the NT, was a nice feeling, and while he didn’t take a penalty, his performance was excellent and we’re happy Scotland finally got invited to the party at long last.

How do you all feel about it?

It’s been an issue of contention for a long time.

From 2008 and the Loch Lomond incident which spelled the worst period within the national team for Rangers thereafter, and indeed the nightmares of 2012 which made it worse, we all have a bone to pick for one reason or another with how we were treated.

But you know what?

We’re too old and ugly for grudges here on Ibrox Noise.

If you fine readers want to spit all over the NT in rage and fury, we will not stop you – but we won’t join in.

This is not to say Steve Clarke, legendary Rangers hater and grumpy sod is now our idol. Far from it.

His Scotland reign started out shambolically, but the last 8 or 9 matches have really seen a stunning turnaround and football is a results-based business.

The team earned its place at the Euros, and Clarke is a major reason for the turnaround.

Whatever you think of him, he turned Killie into the third best team in Scotland (look at them now) and he’s made Scotland respectable again.

He’s done something no Scotland manager, including Walter and Eck, could do – he got us to the finals.

And we take our hat off to him for that.

If you out there want to spit over him, and urinate on the NT for good measure, knock yourselves out.

We’ll opt for quietly urging the NT on next summer. Maybe not with the passion of yesteryear, but it is nice to see Ryan doing so well.

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  1. Ryan jack had his best game in a dark navy shirt, I for one remember that last tourney too, sfa is nort the national team, itz young Scottish lads playing for their country, I for one was cheering like a madman

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