Adams finishes off Gibraltar as Scotland labour to Euro 2024 warm-up win

Gibraltar 0-2 ScotlandGoals from Ryan Christie and Ché Adams give visitors victory

In October 2015, a Scotland team that had failed to qualify for the following summer’s European Championships was cheered from the rooftops at Estádio Algarve as Gibraltar were seen off 6-0. Gordon Strachan, buoyed by this giddy scene, opted to stay on for another campaign, which Scotland botched as well. Looking back, celebration despite these unsuccessful attempts to reach finals feels cringeworthy. Serious teams revelled in achievement.

Scotland’s return to the outskirts of Faro came in altogether different circumstances. The Tartan Army did not bother travelling to Portugal en masse. They have much bigger fish to fry. A week on Friday, Steve Clarke’s men will kick off Euro 2024 with a clash against Germany, the tournament hosts. Scotland wanted to rattle home a few goals against Gibraltar, afford some much-needed minutes to fringe players and continue with preparations for the more serious business.

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