Scotland's Game Episode 3 Trailer

The third episode of Scotland's Game, the series that tackles the last 30 years of Scottish football, turns the spotlight on the nation's performances and standing on the international stage.

Three decades ago, the national team was a force to be reckoned with when it came to qualification for the major tournaments. Star players for the national team were feted and the country's appearances against the giants of world football in the European Championships and the World Cups were eagerly anticipated.

But this episode, 'The World Stage', charts the decline of the national team and examines the failings on and off the pitch that have marked this slide in fortunes. Contributors offer compelling insights into the high points that temporarily raised hopes and also into the darker moments of Scotland's international forays.

They also give their thoughts on the structural and cultural reasons behind the downward trend and where improvements might be made. Among those interviewed are former players John Collins, Graeme Souness, Steven Pressley and Murdo MacLeod, ex-Scotland managers Alex McLeish, Andy Roxburgh and Craig Brown, historian Tom Devine and former first minister Henry McLeish.

Scotland's Game 'The World Stage' will be shown on BBC One Scotland on Thursday 8 September 2016 at 9pm and will be available on iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

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