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Manager Steve Clarke acknowledges his players ‘want to be successful’ after vital World Cup qualifying win over Israel

When Hampden Park eventually stopped reverberating to the epic celebrations that greeted Scotland’s dramatic victory over Israel, there was cause to consider an outcome that may have been written in the stars. Scott McTominay, signed for Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson when aged just eight, bundled home the winner in “Fergie Time”, with the great man himself looking on from the stands. There was added gloss for McTominay given his first international goal arrived two days before his Scottish grandfather’s birthday.

There is, however, mounting evidence that positive outcomes for Scotland are down to far more than acts of fate. A stirring second-half showing against Israel – Scotland were 2-1 down at the break, having missed a penalty – was that of a team with considerable spirit to match talent. McTominay had cheaply given away a free-kick, leading to Israel’s second goal. Jack Hendry, who flicked the ball towards McTominay in the 94th minute, did likewise before the visitors’ first.

Continue reading…Manager Steve Clarke acknowledges his players ‘want to be successful’ after vital World Cup qualifying win over IsraelWhen Hampden Park eventually stopped reverberating to the epic celebrations that greeted Scotland’s dramatic victory over Israel, there was cause to consider an outcome that may have been written in the stars. Scott McTominay, signed for Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson when aged just eight, bundled home the winner in “Fergie Time”, with the great man himself looking on from the stands. There was added gloss for McTominay given his first international goal arrived two days before his Scottish grandfather’s birthday.There is, however, mounting evidence that positive outcomes for Scotland are down to far more than acts of fate. A stirring second-half showing against Israel – Scotland were 2-1 down at the break, having missed a penalty – was that of a team with considerable spirit to match talent. McTominay had cheaply given away a free-kick, leading to Israel’s second goal. Jack Hendry, who flicked the ball towards McTominay in the 94th minute, did likewise before the visitors’ first. Continue reading…