Ally McCoist admits that Kieran Tierney’s absence was “certainly a blow” in Scotland’s opening loss to the Czech Republic … but insists Steve Clarke’s side can’t have. ” NO excuse “after lacking quality in front of goal
Ally McCoist admitted that Scotland missed Kieran Tierney in their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic, but insisted they had only themselves to blame for the defeat.
Steve Clarke’s side lost 2-0 to a boisterous Scottish crowd as Patrik Schick scored a brace, the second of those coming from a daring effort from just over the halfway line.
Tierney’s absence due to injury was a huge blow to the Scots, and while McCoist felt the team really missed Arsenal’s left-back, he attributed the disappointing loss to a lack of cruelty in front of the goal.
Ally McCoist believes Scotland missed Kieran Tierney, but was responsible for the loss
The expert considered Scotland’s left side to be significantly weaker without Arsenal’s full-back
“It was definitely a blow to us,” McCoist said on ITV. “To be honest with you, I don’t really think we really started for 15/20 minutes.
“We huffed and puffed, had a lot of effort, but we lacked a bit of cunning, definitely a bit of practice Tierney is giving us on the left side.
“In all fairness, I don’t think there was a lot going on in the game, but we were beaten by two absolute quality tracks. The second in particular, the brilliance.
The Scots had chances to come back into the game but couldn’t find a ruthless advantage in front of goal
“We had chances, but you have to take them, you have to take them. It’s the little bit of quality that we lack in front of the goal.
“At the same time, no excuses. You can say you’re out of luck, but we have to take some risks.
“I think we did well today. I didn’t think there was a lot going on between the teams, but they had a bit of quality and it showed, especially in front of goal. ‘
It was, on paper, Scotland’s easiest Group B match, with a trip to face England at Wembley before welcoming 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia to Hampden Park .
Scotland will have to find an answer against England and Croatia if they want to progress further
As four third-ranked teams advance to the round of 16, the Scots are still convinced, McCoist has yet to give up hope.
“I think that’s the beauty of the group, we have to take three points somewhere – there’s no doubt about it,” he said.
“I honestly thought it was our best chance to get three points, but that doesn’t mean it’s our only chance to get three points.”