Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is confident Scotland can take on the rest of the world.
The Hoops stalwart is an integral part of both Steve Clarke and Neil Lennon’s sides. McGregor helped the Scots come from behind to beat Kazakhstan 3-1 at Hampden two days ago. And the 26-year-old believes the Tartan Army can take on anyone if they replicate that performance.
Celtic man Callum McGregor on Scotland chances
They may have blew qualifying through the groups, but the chance of getting to the Euros is still on.
The Scots will play a semi-final and a final next year against similarly placed teams.
Scotland’s performances have been up and down through the groups but they finished on a high of three consecutive wins. These victories are boding well for McGregor who thinks his national side can go far.
He told the Scottish Sun: “Once you start to get one or two results everyone starts to think, ‘All right, maybe we have changed’.
“I think that’s why it is important to get these two wins together.
“If we play like we did versus Kazakhstan and play with that intensity and press the way we did, we fancy ourselves against anyone.”
It isn’t always that easy
The three wins are good but they are against teams Scotland should be beating.
Clarke’s men finished third which also matches the pot that they were drawn from for the group. Scotland are where they should be coefficient wise but the players in the team should be above that.
The country is known for its glorious failures in the past, so it’s not easy to think qualification will happen.
Scotland can be put up against the likes of Norway and Israel, two teams who have Celtic men in them. Playing against these more familiar teams, who also have quality, will make the job tougher.
However, McGregor and other Celts in the Scotland team have defeated mammoth challenges before.
Let’s hope that the glorious failure is a thing of the past and the Scots can qualify for their first tournament in 22 years.