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Scottish football is outside looking in as Euro 2016 prepares for kick-off | Ewan Murray

The failure of Gordon Strachan’s team to reach Euro 2016 has added to the soul searching in a country which once prided itself on qualifying for major tournaments, but has failed to do so since 1998

A message from rugby union resonated in Scottish football. Geoff Cooke, then coach of the British & Irish Lions, gave a lecture in 1993 at which Craig Brown was in attendance.

“Geoff pointed out that you could go down a route of spending millions on youth development but if your national team, your flagship team, wasn’t doing well then you were wasting your money,” the former Scotland manager recalls. “The same could apply to an individual; can you imagine trying to promote tennis in Scotland without Andy Murray?”

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