Full reaction and analysis as Scotland are OUT of Euro 2020 after loss to Croatia in Hampden

By ROBERT THOMSON

GRAEME SOUNESS believes Scotland looked like an outdated team from the past as they were excluded from the Euro.

The former national team captain believes manager Steve Clarke needs to modernize if he is to be successful internationally.

Graeme Souness stuck the boot on Steve Clarke’s tactical approachCredit: ITV

The Hampden gaffer has been criticized for leaving out Che Adams and Billy Gilmour in the first game against the Czech Republic.

And Souness is hoping the former Kilmarnock boss will learn from his first crack at a tournament.

He said: “I wish we had changed things because the plan was not working.

“I would have taken a striker and tried to have a little more possession in midfield.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke
Scotland boss Steve ClarkeCredit: AFP

“We sometimes tried to go too long and looked like a team from the past.

“The manager has a group of players and it’s up to him to come up with ideas and a way of playing that he believes will get the most out of this group of players.

“But I would have liked him to change some things in the second half.

“I would have had Nathan Patterson earlier because Stephen O’Donnell had trouble on his side all night.

“The direction on his finish was superb but it was an avoidable goal.

“We have no complaints, we were outclassed by a better football team, Brozovic, Kovacic and Modric ran the show.

“We didn’t have the same level of energy as against England last Friday. It was a little lesson for us and the first half plan clearly didn’t work out.

“It’s disappointing but not completely unexpected, because when Croatia comes out on top it’s a very good team and they showed it.

“You can see that once Croatia is in front, it grows up, it gains self-confidence, it smells of blood.

“Croatia are a good team in possession and we have chased the shadows a bit.

“We had to have more ball.

“We’ve been playing second fiddle for a long time and it was more or less the same, but you can’t wait until the last ten minutes to make changes, then it’s too late.

“When we scored it could have been the turning point and it was time to change it.”


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