Craig Brown: Scotland’s defeat to Morocco in 1998 was no humiliation | Ewan Murray

Scotland’s manager the last time they played a major-finals game says reassessment is due of a grim night in Saint-Étienne

Scotland’s last 90 minutes at a major tournament was so wounding that it may be fair to question why there is anticipation relating to their return. Little were Craig Brown and his players to know, when exiting the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne late into the night on 23 June 1998, that Scotland would be away from finals for 23 years. At the time, perhaps that would have been regarded as a mercy; the inauspicious 3-0 World Cup defeat to Morocco led to scorching criticism of Brown in particular.

Far from wishing the match in question was consigned to football’s version of Room 101, Brown is delighted to revisit it. He remains firmly of the view that depictions of the fixture, even more than two decades on, are unfair. “I’m very happy to talk about that game because I think there is a bit of correction required,” Brown says.

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