Scotland exit with a whimper amid worrying questions about team’s future

Steve Clarke will be criticised but he largely has a pool of Championship players to select from and there is no sign of young stars coming through

The impressive clean-up operation around Konigstrasse ensured that by Monday morning, traces of the Tartan Army’s impact were barely distinguishable. Even Scotland’s off-field contribution to Euro 2024 – an impressive, widely acclaimed one – has been swifty airbrushed from history.

At 9am one Scottish fan lay dozing in a doorway in Buchenstrasse, doubtless suffering the effects of the days before while perhaps trying to recall the high point of this tournament. For Scotland, that was a Scott McTominay shot against Switzerland, shanked into his own net by Fabian Schär. Scotland had already been trounced by Germany. Switzerland equalised, Hungary snatched late victory in the final clash of Group A. For the 12th time in succession, it is farewell before a knockout ball is kicked.

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