Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has backed Steve Clarke’s current squad to produce a Euro 2020 shock and “go the distance”.
Scotland are preparing for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, after the memorable penalty shootout victory last November against Serbia who reserved their places for the final.
Brown was the man in charge of Scotland at the World Cup 23 years ago and believes Clarke’s current players have the credentials to write another underdog story this time around.
Talk to Sky Sports News, Brown said, “We don’t care how we qualified – we’re here. I think we’ve got a team that can take us the whole distance, honestly.
“I’m not stupid or patriotic – I’m really optimistic, we can go the distance here and we have all the capabilities on this team.
“When I see other countries that have won it – Portugal won it without winning a group match, Greece won it. In 1992 Denmark won it. They came out of nowhere .
“It’s possible for someone else, not a great top-level team, to win it, and I think Scotland have a chance this time around.”
Current boss Clarke has already supported his players to “become legends”, adding that the team has the potential to progress beyond the group stages.
The national team’s preparations for the Euro have since included an encouraging 2-2 friendly against the Netherlands, followed by a narrow 1-0 victory over Luxembourg.
Brown believes Scotland’s competitiveness against the Dutch should inspire confidence that they can do more than just numbers.
“I’m a tartan army man and I’m desperate to see Scotland in a tournament, and I think the rest of Europe loves Scotland being involved because the fans bring color and color. excitement, ”Brown added.
“When you look at the countries involved, there are some very well known countries and some prestigious names in football, but we played the other day against the Netherlands and they are among the favorites.
“I sincerely believe we can go the distance.”