Steve Clarke relished the opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualification with Hampden fans after his side ended their campaign with a “bizarre” 3-3 draw against Norway.
Scotland qualified with two games to spare and finished second behind Spain in Group A after a second straight draw ensured they had only lost once in that group.
The players, including injured captain Andy Robertson, took a lap of honor afterwards to celebrate their achievement.
Clarke said: “It was nice – and nice for the fans – to say thank you to the team, it was a nice evening for the team and staff to thank the fans.
“It’s always nice to qualify for a major tournament. Obviously the last one was limited by Covid, so we missed that connection and that feeling with the fans.
“It’s great for everyone in the country that we have something to look forward to next summer.”
Clarke’s side came from behind twice in the first half thanks to a John McGinn penalty and an own goal before Stuart Armstrong scored a well-crafted goal to give them the lead just before the hour mark.
However, former Celtic striker Mohamed Elyounoussi came off the bench to head home in the 86th minute as Norway scored their third goal from a cross from right-back Julian Ryerson.
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