Don’t mess it up! Craig Burley warns Scotland before Euro 2024 opener

Having suffered against Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup’s first game, the former midfielder offers a guide to coping

Craig Brown had a useful knack of relaxing Scotland players in tense situations. On 10 June 1998, Brown’s team opened the World Cup against all-conquering Brazil. Craig Burley takes up the story of what transpired as the teams prepared to take to the pitch at the Stade de France.

“That was one of Craig’s iconic moments,” Burley recalls. “We are lined up in the big, wide tunnel. We seemed to stand in there for an age. You could see everyone getting ready out on the field, preparing for all the razzmatazz. They held us in there for ages.

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