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McLeish's side boosted their chances of making Euro 2020.

Scotland and Israel played out 15 seconds of frankly terrible football

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James Forrest's hat-trick helped Scotland to a vital 3-2 win over Israel on Tuesday night.

The Celtic winger had not scored in his opening 24 internationals but has now netted five goals in his last two games.

Not only did Alex McLeish desperately need a result to build confidence on the back of the 4-0 victory over Albania, his side are now in a much more comfortable position when it comes to qualifying for Euro 2020.

Should they fail to make the tournament via the usual route, they have earned themselves a play-off place and have won promotion in the UEFA Nations League.

Scotland will now dine with the likes of Germany, Croatia and Wales as they move up to League B.

"I'm so proud of the guys; we answered a lot of questions," McLeish said, via BBC Sport.

"We were written off and we came through it against adversity. That is an amazing part of your character when you can do that.

"It's great to get the light at the end of the tunnel."

It wasn't glamorous 

As the scoreline would suggest, though, it was far from plain sailing for the hosts, Beram Kayal opening the scoring for Israel and Eran Zahavi getting them back into the game with a quarter of an hour remaining.

In fact, Scotland had to scrap for the result. A 15-second clip has been doing the rounds on social media that shows just how poor some of the football was:

Pretty horrendous, right? Still, it's a testament to Scotland's character that they got through it and held on for the win at Hampden.

Next month, they will have a clearer idea of their fate going forward once the draw is made for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Forrest has scored five goals in his last two for Scotland

Thanks to last night's result, they will be placed in the third pot of seeds.

If they fail to qualify, they will fall back on a home play-off semi-final in the Nations League.

It's a much better position than was feared after the recent 2-1 reverse in Israel. McLeish will just hope it speaks of a much greater turnaround.   

Do you think Scotland will make it to Euro 2020? Have your say in the comments. 

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