Scotland 2-0 Spain – a great performance from a fine Scotland team

Not often have I gone to bed as happy about Scotland as I am tonight, but that was a great performance from a fine Scotland team, and congratulations are due to Steve Clarke and his men.

Worthwhile suffering the boredom of the International break if we are going to get a game like this.

The difference was that Scotland were wanting to win and the players were glad to be playing for Scotland.

Gone were the lacklustre half-hearted “I’m doing you a great favour” Scotland performances of yesteryear, and there was a determination to get to the ball first and a determination to play together.

And Celtic did well! Current Celt Callum McGregor, ex-Celts Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney, wannabe Celt (and should-have-been Celt) John McGinn, and Celtic supporter Andy Robertson all did themselves credit, not mention ex-Celt Craig Gordon with the microphone.

Apologies to any Celt I have missed out, but in any case there were more of “us” than there were of “them,” but even old greybeard Ally looked happy tonight, along with the always incisive Michael Stewart.

Scott McTominay of Scotland celebrates with Andrew Robertson after scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group A match between Scotland and Spain at Hampden Park on March 28, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And it now seems light years ago since the “Scottish” crowd with blue scarves used to boo Jimmy Johnstone and Tommy Gemmell! They support England now in any case, don’t they, with their Union Jacks and their “God Save The King”?

Oh yes, anthems! “Flower of Scotland” I’ll never like because it can be a bit dreary, but it is certainly a “rebel” song. So is “Over The Sea To Skye”, Scots Wha Hae” not to mention half of the poetry of Robbie Burns with lyrics far more blatantly anti-British crown than even our “Against the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they brought me down…”

And that Spanish anthem! Correct me if I’m wrong but it sounded like the Franco anthem of the 1930s, did it not? At least no-one can forget the lyrics because there aren’t any!

Maybe appropriate to some of the golden oldies in that Spanish team! There as also that funny guy who came on at half time with the hairstyle that made him look as if he had been crapped upon by an ostrich.

Scotland’s midfielder Scott McTominay (R) celebrates scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2024 group A qualification football match between Scotland and Spain at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, on March 28, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

So where now? Well, we have to finish the domestic season first but then a couple of games in June against Norway and Georgia that don’t look beyond us.

But it is Scotland we are talking about, and if ever we think that Celtic can have a death wish, they try Scotland! Still let’s permit ourselves a day or two of happiness!

David Potter

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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.


  1. You forgot McTominay, his granda and da are Tim’s….. Stands to reason that Scott will be too.

    • David Potter on

      I didn’t know about Scott. My apologies and I stand corrected!
      PS And another good thing last night – no-body head butted anyone as far as I could see!