Are Scotland fans the best in the world?

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On the eve of Euro 2016 - the absence of the uncomparably-loud and loyal Tartan Army will be evident for all to see.

Tournament-less since 1998, the uproarious and passionate Scottish faithful are upsettingly parched of glory.

For their best achievements to date, you have to go back to the 1978 World Cup. An entertaining, yet unfruitful event for the Scots - ironic given the phrase 'entertaining yet unfruitful' pretty much describes Scotland's recent failings.


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Anyway, even though disappointing performances in their group battles with Iran and Peru ultimately put them out, there was one magical game most Scottish followers will have firmly in the mind - Scotland 3-2 Holland.

Despite the Dutchmen boasting some incredible names, Johan Cruyff among the superstars, The Scots were in dreamland. After trailing 1-0 courtesy of a Resenbrink penalty, a Kenny Dalglish special and an Archie Gemmel brace led them to a shocking 3-2 win.

Whilst a fantastic underdog performance and one that lives in the memory of Scottish fans, they must be getting bored of this routine. A routine of mediocre performances against sides worthy of a beating - only to show their true worth and shake the foundations of a football superpower.

For those confused, let's re-visit Euro 2008 - the closest Scotland have come to an international tournament since their playoff loss to England in 1999.

After shocking Europe, specifically doing a double over a class French side in their qualifying group, a win over minnows Georgia was a sure thing.

Like it's ever that easy for Scotland, instead, a 2-0 loss away to Georgia ultimately condemned them to watch the European Championships with overwhelming regret and painful hindsight - yet again.

Sound familiar? Just under a decade later, at the most recent Euro qualifiers, another loss to Georgia, this time 1-0 - and, of course, a heartbreaking last-minute strike from Robert Lewandowski in their 2-2 draw with Poland, ultimately broke Scottish hearts, again.

After yet another speechlessly frustrating campaign, you'd think Scotland fans would just give up. Well, you thought wrong.

In fact, supporters were out in their droves to Gibraltar for their final game - specifically over 10,000 passionate men and women forked out their wages to watch a game that meant nothing.

Why? Because they are a special group. All this frustration, all these humiliating statistics, yet they still return for more.

If passion had a definition - Scotland fans screaming a pub down whilst throwing pints everywhere just because of a Shaun Maloney goal against the Republic of Ireland, a team ranked 54th in the world, is probably it.

It is for this reason, the Tartan Army should be considered some of the best fans in the land.

Their sheer devotion and effort to the cause despite all of their past frustrations deserves a reward, the reward of tasting the atmosphere at an international tournament.

Whether they will anytime soon remains to be seen, but expect noise at their next go and lots of it.

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