Is there still hope for Scotland?

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When the Scottish faithful reminisce about this Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, at this present moment, in seems a similar picture to that of their last decent stab at the mark in 2007.

Falling short at the last hurdle after an incredibly regretful night in Georgia. As the German's seemed to have put the nail in this typical Scottish coffin, I ask if there is still a glimmer of hope North of the Border.

The answer to this question of a revival is yes. A very hopeful yes, but nonetheless - Scotland can still think of booking those plane tickets to France.


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The main reason for this clinch of positivity is that whilst a play-off place is out of Scotland's hands, Ireland are still to face off with Group D's big hitters, Germany and Poland.

If the Irish were to lose both, which is entirely possible given the quality of opposition, and Scotland grab at least a draw at home to Poland and a certain win away to Gibraltar, then the Tartan Army will march on down the road and into the play-offs.

This is due to Scotland's superior head to head record with Ireland. If this road to the play-offs does occur, then Shaun Maloney will have scored Scotland's most important goal for a decade in their 1-0 win over the Irish at Parkhead.

A big ask, but definitely not impossible, Martin O'Neill will be galvanising his players to avoid this scenario at all cost as Ireland are looking to crack the chinks in an all-British qualifying chain.

All the Scots can do is hope, hope for back-to-back Irish slip ups whilst desperately trying to avoid a slip up themselves at home to Poland. If the Polish grab a win at Hampden, the Tartan Army can, unfortunately, wave goodbye to France 2016.

Two very important games are coming in Group D, and the United Kingdom won't be able to look away as all British teams have a chance to qualify at the same time for the first time in History.

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