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Thomas McGuigan

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  1. Goodbye

    So, Scotland give Gibraltar six of the best to end their Euro 2016 campaign on a winning note. The Republic of Ireland take third spot and a play-off place, with the Scots out of contention in fourth place in Group D.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    Thanks for your company tonight. We return to domestic football at the weekend. Hope you can join us then. We'll have reaction to Scotland's victory, and the campaign as a whole, on our website. Cheers.

  2. BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    'We're basically celebrating failure'

    "I believe Gordon had a two-year contract and you're employed to qualify for the competition you're competing in. We haven't qualified from a section that third would've qualified.

    "So, you've got to sit down, look through it and be honest with yourself. We've got euphoria tonight and in a way that saddens me to. We're basically celebrating failure.

    "The performance tonight was good and I just think that the Scottish fans are now used to not qualifying; that they grasp onto anything and they celebrate it.

    "I'm not having a go at them in any way at all, I'd just like to see us getting to a major championships.

    "For me, this was the opportunity for any manager to qualify. Third place gets you a play-off spot and second place gets you automatic qualification - the best chance for any manager to qualify for a major championships. And we haven't been able to do it."

  3. Former Scotland boss Craig Brown

    "If you think it's great just now, it's unbelievably good when you qualify. I'm very fortunate to have been to five major tournaments with Scotland..."

  4. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "I'm still enjoying the evening; the players' performance; the fans' performance and I'm going to enjoy that for a bit before I start thinking about me.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and hat-trick hero Steven Fletcher

    "It's wrong to be talking about me right after a game."

    Strachan describes the travelling Tartan Army singing in Portugal as a "special moment".

  5. Strachan ready for 'debrief'

    'I'm proud to be Scotland manager'

    Despite being pressed at the post-match media conference, Gordon Strachan is reluctant to give a timeframe on when he will decide on his future as Scotland manager.

    "We have a debrief now," says Strachan. "We'll see how we're getting on, see if we can progress and speak to people who are in my life - that's the management side and the family side.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "I'm so proud to be the Scotland manager; it's a great, great job to have. There's disappointments along the way, that's for sure. But I've got to say it's been a fantastic experience."

  6. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "[Scotland coach] Stuart McCall made a good point there. Before the game was like a no-win situation, no matter how many goals we scored or what we did or how we played...

    "Then he said afterwards, 'we did win'. That doesn't often happen, what you've seen tonight: a team fails to qualify then 12,000 people turn up."

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
  7. Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood

    'That's a tough group'

    "This group [group D] is the most difficult group in Euro 2016 qualifying. You look at Poland, Germany, Rep of Ireland, Scotland and Georgia.

    Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood

    "That's a tough, tough group."

  8. Former Scotland boss Craig Brown

    "I watched the Scotland U21 team at Aberdeen [in 2-1 defeat by France on Saturday] and I hesitate to say it but I'm looking at them and I don't see a player ready to make the move to the national team.

    "The best player was Ryan Christie and he played very well but I was disappointed with one or two of the young players."

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    Gabriel Robertson: Not winning in Georgia is the sole reason we are out. Look at the table. If we'd won, as it stands, we'd be in the play-off.

  10. Germany win Group D

    Poland, winners tonight, secure second spot and Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland claim third and the play-off spot.

    Scotland finish fourth, three points behind the Irish.


    Germany 2-1 Georgia

    Poland 2-1 Rep of Ireland

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    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    The Scotland players pay tribute to their long-suffering fans at full time in Faro.

    Scotland players salute the Tartan Army
    Image caption: Scotland players salute the Tartan Army
  13. Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "The full time whistle brings the game and Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign to an end. Tonight's win was certainly convincing but realistically it does little to ease the pain inflicted by Poland at Hampden on Thursday. To be fair, the players promised a performance and they delivered.

    "They now trudge across the pitch to applaud the supporters. Disappointment doesn't always bring disconnect though and the fans rise as one to show their appreciation for a squad that allowed them to believe for long spells of this campaign.

    "The kilts and passports go back in the cupboard for now but they'll be dusted down late next year and once again we will allow ourselves to believe that maybe, just maybe this one will be different. Who needs France? It's all about Russia."


    Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland

  15. GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland (Naismith)

    It's six of the best for Scotland as substitute Steven Naismith plays a neat one two with Steven Fletcher before finding the far corner with a low drive.

  16. Gibraltar 0-5 Scotland

    We're into the first of three added minutes in Portugal.

  17. Gibraltar 0-5 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Steven Fletcher's second hat-trick of the campaign. Did someone say this man doesn't score goals?"

  18. GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-5 Scotland (Fletcher hat-trick)

    If you're going to score a hat-trick, why not score the third in style? Steven Fletcher flashes a thunderous left foot drive that flies into the net via the bar. Jamie Robba in the Gibraltar goal had no chance. High fives all round for Scotland's hat-trick hero.

  19. Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

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    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Scotland

    A decent performance from Scotland, some nice stuff. So many chances, should have scored more goals.

  20. CLOSE!

    Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Shaun Maloney and Steven Naismith trade passes on the edge of the area before the latter lashes a shot high over the bar. The Everton man is annoyed with himself and, with a shake of the head, trots back to the halfway line.

  21. Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Scotland make their final change as goalscorer Chris Martin is replaced by Everton's Steven Naismith.

    Seconds later, Andrew Robertson's cross into the box sees Steven Fletcher try an acrobatic overhead kick that sails over the bar.

    I remember Rivaldo scored a belter from that position to give Barcelona a late win against Valencia a few years ago!

  22. Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Scotland slice through Gibraltar with an impressive flowing move but Steven Fletcher's touch takes the ball away from him rather than clear into the box.

    The hosts survive and it remains 4-0 to Scotland with a little under 15 minutes remaining.

  23. Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will consider his future over the next few days buoyed by seeing his players score four goals - at least - in Faro.
  24. CLOSE!

    Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Johnny Russell is swarming all over the tiring Gibraltar rearguard, this time sending in a low cross that is just out of reach of the sliding hat-trick-seeking Steven Fletcher...

    The Portuguese evening is lifted by the sound of a Scottish piper.

  25. Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Substitute Johnny Russell gallops into the box and lifts his effort over the onrushing Jamie Robba but also over the bar. That could and should've been Mambo number five for the Scots.

  26. Scotland Song - Facebook posts

    Jim Ewing - Goodbye Toulouse - the Stranglers

    Chris Else suggests Too Many Broken Hearts by Jason Donovan lol

    Keith Legg offers - Story of my life - One Direction

  27. Scotland Song - Get Involved

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    Kevin in Whitehaven: Giving it all Away ' by Leo Sayer.

    Jamie in Elgin: Johnny Mathis - Too Much, Too Little Too Late lyrics sums up the Scotland performance.


    Scott Brown applauds the Scotland fans as he trots off, passing his captain's armband to Darren Fletcher. Johnny Russell replaces Matt Ritchie as Gordon Strachan shuffles his pack.

  29. Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland

    Half an hour remaining in Portugal and, with Scotland leading 4-0, Gordon Strachan will be keen to add a few more before the curtain falls on his side's Euro 2016 campaign.

    The Tartan Army continue to give their side tremendous backing, they really are a credit to the national side.

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    EC: "This is all well and good but not sure how much we are learning from playing these guys."

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    Dave in Balloch: "This campaign has been, despite some high points disappointing. I am happy for Strachan to learn from, let's remember, his 1st full campaign as Scotland boss. Go on Gordy, sign on the dotted line and take us to Russia!"

    Euan, Strathaven: "We let ourselves down v Georgia, but we did well against Ireland and Poland - our main competitors for second and third place. Germany's failure to beat Ireland and their loss in Warsaw did us in more than our loss in Georgia and that can't be blamed on Strachan. Good that Wales and N Ireland have qualified, but I doubt if either would have got out of our group had they switched places with us. I hope Gordon Strachan stays, and I will be renewing my season ticket to watch them in the 2018 qualifiers."

  32. GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-4 Scotland (Fletcher)

    Steven Fletcher scores Scotland's fourth goal of the game in Faro

    Scotland score their fourth of the night and it's a second goal for Steven Fletcher as he collects a ball from Chris Martin before opening up his body and arrowing a low shot beyond Jamie Robba. A lovely goal and Scotland are beginning to turn the screw.

  33. Gibraltar 0-3 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin at the Estadio Algarve

    BBC Sport

    "Textbook cross and header goal from Scotland. perfect cross on the right from Hutton and Fletcher headed in from 4 yards. Hutton has been very impressive so far - he hasn't had much defending to do though!"

  34. GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-3 Scotland (Fletcher)

    After coming close to a goal in the first half, Steven Fletcher heads in Scotland's third in Faro
    Image caption: After coming close to a goal in the first half, Steven Fletcher heads in Scotland's third in Faro.

    Alan Hutton cross. Steven Fletcher header. Scotland goal. That's the first time Fletcher has scored in back to back internationals. Hutton has given Gibraltar a torrid time tonight and his dink into the box offered Fletcher the perfect chance to bullet the ball beyond the despairing Jamie Robba.

  35. Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Even Stevens

    Steven Fletcher
    Image caption: Scotland striker Steven Fletcher has peppered the Gibraltar goal with efforts but has yet to find the back of the net.
  36. Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Scotland start the second half like the first as they pin Gibraltar in their box with Shaun Maloney showing some neat touches. The hosts clear the danger as both sides struggle to keep their feet on the slippery surface.

  37. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way!

  38. Scotland Song - Your Views

    On Facebook, Jordan Smith suggests Roy Orbison, Crying...

    Don Morrison opts for It's a heartache by Bonnie Tyler!!

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    Scotland Song - Your Views

    Sam on Isle of Bute: 'Please, Please, Please let me get what I want - The Smiths' but no matter how much we plead it never happens.

    Laurin Uphall Station: The Animals "We gotta get out of this place."

    Adam in Edinburgh: 'The Art of Losing' by American Hi-Fi. Scotland have definitely perfected that!

  40. Former Scotland boss Craig Brown

    "It's been thoroughly satisfactory and could've been more. Chick Young could be in goal for Scotland over there...

    "I genuinely think it'll be five or six by the end of the game and Gordon Strachan, very good at managing players, will look at his guys on the bench and will say: 'which of these guys would've started had we needed to win the game?'

    "The manager will use the second half to give the guys a cap who are worthy of a cap."

  41. Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "It's all gone according to plan for Scotland in that first half. Gordon Strachan will be pleased at the dig and desire shown by his players. The full backs in particular have been in the mood. The players leave the field to a thunderous round of applause from the 10,000 or so Scotland fans in the stands."

    Chris Martin is congratulated by Alan Hutton

    Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

  43. Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Gibraltar goalkeeper Jamie Robba will sleep tonight. He's flying high into the Algarve air to deny the Scots time and again. His opposite number Allan McGregor could've been reading a few chapters of his Kindle, such has been his quiet night.

  44. Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Shaun Maloney is the king of the curler and he was inch perfect with that effort. His muted celebration probably sums up the mood. The pitch is now beginning to cut up quite badly in places. The weather has been more Aberdeen than Algarve over the last 24 hours."

  45. GOAL

    Poland 2-1 Rep of Ireland (Lewandowski)

  46. GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-2 Scotland (Maloney)

    Shaun Maloney scores
    Image caption: Shaun Maloney seemed to know he had scored as soon as the ball left his right boot.

    Scotland double their lead with a cracking goal. Alan Hutton dances round and through the Gibraltar defence with a bit of Prodigy dancing footwork and the ball eventually breaks to Shaun Maloney. The wee fella looks up before sending a pitching wedge of a shot into the far top corner with Jamie Robba stranded.

  47. Gibraltar 0-1 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Did I say it was coming? Chris Martin's first international goal and it was the easiest he will ever score. I think he may have nicked it off Greer though - his flick on looked goal bound. If Scotland continue playing at this tempo, it could be a very long night for Gibraltar."

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    Adam in Edinburgh: "Northern Ireland, Rep of Ireland and Wales all have a spine or majority of players who play in the English Premiership. Those who play there for Scotland are unused subs most of the time and the rest of the squad are made up of Championship and SPFL standard players. We may have the 'spirit' but we don't have the talent. Strachan has made a hash of these qualifiers though and should be made to realise that instead of seeing his tenure so far as being an improvement."

    Jim in London: "Craig Levein was hounded for not picking Steven Fletcher and Gordon Strachan has taken stick for picking him. Maybe have a look at how things are set up beyond the manager and players. Why are they not as mentally tough as the Irish have been beating Georgia and Germany? Why are they eating burgers in Georgia and getting home tired before the next game?"

    Ian, Algeria: "I wonder how Iceland got it so right, even in a group with Czech Rep & Netherlands?"

    Ron, Aberdeen: "Gordon Strachan's reluctance to blood young players through to PLAY for the senior team has caught up with him. The Germans took through a lot of their U21s together 5 years ago and they matured together with the result that the won the World Cup. Gordon, if you don't play them you'll never find out how good they are!"


    Chris Martin, who opened the scoring, centres for Steven Fletcher following good work by Andrew Robertson and Shaun Maloney, but Fletcher sees his effort come back off the post and bounce to safety.

    Gordon Strachan, sitting in the dugout and stroking his chin like a Roman Emperor, will be looking for more goals from his charges.

  50. Gibraltar 0-1 Scotland

    Another cross into the Gibraltar box and Matt Ritchie gets his noggin on it but the home defence clear their lines and the Scots remain a goal to the good.

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    Scotland song for the Euro 2016 campaign

    Frank in Hawick but usually York: Another One Bites The Dust!

  52. Gibraltar 0-1 Scotland

    Here's a thought as Scotland look to add to their goal tally... Gibraltar's population of about 30,000 is not that much more than Oban's in holiday season. Alan Hutton could be in his flip-flops as he slaloms through the home defence.

  53. Gibraltar 0-1 Scotland

    With the whiff of one goal in their nostrils, Scotland are in the mood for more. Steven Fletcher clatters into Jamie Robba as they contest a cross into the box before another cross causes fear and alarm in Gibraltar's ranks.

  54. GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-1 Scotland (Martin)

    Chris Martin scores for Scotland

    Goalkeeper Jamie Robba has done everything in his power to frustrate Scotland but his resistance is finally broken as Gordon Greer heads on a corner and Chris Martin is on hand under the bar to nod home. The Tartan Army are on their feet to acclaim the breakthrough.

  55. Gibraltar 0-0 Scotland

    Alan Hutton slices through the Gibraltar defence for the umpteenth time in the opening 20 minutes but his cutback is gobbled up by the ever-alert Robba.

  56. Gibraltar 0-0 Scotland

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "The Scots continue to pepper the Gibraltar goal with shots and are really beginning to click. The tempo is good and the passing is slick but it still has an exhibition match feel. Gibraltar stand firm but you get the feeling a goal is coming."

  57. Scotland song - Get Involved

    Edgar: Hello darkness, my old friend... #bbcscotfootball

    Max Baggins-Craig: Holding Back the Years, Mick Hucknill (Simply Red)


    Scotland force Gibraltar goalkeeper Robba into two saves in as many minutes. Steven Fletcher is first to test the keeper before Chris Martin forces him into action and another save.

    "Scotland, Scotland" roar the Tartan Army. We'll see a goal soon, won't we?

  59. GOAL

    Poland 1-1 Rep Of Ireland (Walters pen)

  60. CLOSE!

    Gibraltar bare their teeth for the first time tonight as a ball dinked into the Scotland penalty area causes havoc; the Scots lash the ball away.

  61. GOAL

    Poland 1-0 Rep Of Ireland (Krychowiak)

  62. Gibraltar 0-0 Scotland

    It's that man Alan Hutton again. The Aston Villa full-back dinks the ball into Steven Fletcher before being blocked by a three-man Gibraltar defence, but Shaun Maloney's weak effort is blocked by Robba.

  63. Gibraltar 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland are getting a lot of joy down the right hand side with Alan Hutton, gazelle like, skipping down the flank at a fair rate. However, they've yet to find the opening goal.

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    Laurie from Bathgate: "Gordon Strachan's team has only Rep Of Ireland as the only decent team we've beat competitively this campaign. Is that good enough to qualify?"

    Ian, Edinburgh: "Looking at the club teams the Scotland players play for, Gareth Bale being the exemption, what clubs do the Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland play for? There seems to be a reluctance to criticise Gordon Strachan. He has FAILED where Michael O'Neil and Chris Coleman have SUCCEEDED."

    Fergie, Aberdeen: "All we had to do was 6 points against Gibraltar, 6 points against Georgia and 6 points against the Irish to get 3rd place! And that was completely doable!! So this is a massive underachievement and this squad WAS good enough to do that! So Gordon has to take the blame!!"

  65. Gibraltar 0-0 Scotland

    Former Scotland captain Willie Miller

    "It was a very good cross into the box from Alan Hutton. Steven Fletcher loses his marker but he couldn't get the power to get his header on goal and it goes over the bar."

  66. CLOSE!

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher has his head in his hands. The forward had found himself in acres of space inside the box but nodded Alan Hutton's sumptuous cross over the bar.

    The Scots are knocking on the door in Portugal but have yet to break the deadlock. Gordon Strachan is on his feet and offering tactical instructions to his troops.

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    Songs for Scotland's Euro 2016 campaign

    Simon in Glasgow: "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles.

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    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    "The Tartan Army get a wave of acknowledgement from the manager for a rendition of 'there's only one Gordon Strachan'."

  69. CLOSE!

    Gordon Strachan's side come within a whisker of taking an early lead. Steven Fletcher collects a cracking through ball, centres for the galloping Shaun Maloney but the pint-sized marksman gets underneath it and Gibraltar knock it over the bar for a corner. The Scots can't profit from the set piece...

  70. Gibraltar 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland come haring out of the traps at the Estadio Algarve in Portugal against opponents who have lost all nine of their Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers at the cost of an eye-watering 50 goals.

  71. KICK-OFF

    We're under way!

  72. 'Put on a show'

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Here we go in Portugal. It's over already but this is where it all ends for Scotland in terms of Euro 2016. Could it also be Gordon Strachan's last match in charge? He's giving absolutely nothing away. The players say they want to put on a show for the travelling fans - time to step up."

  73. Give us a song...

    Time for the national anthems: the Scotland fans are in superb voice in Portugal.

  74. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Grant Anderson: "This Scotland line-up may have beaten Georgia - very positive but too late."

  75. Gibraltar v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Scotland fans continue to stream into the Estadio Algarve here in Portugal. Tickets bought and flights booked when qualification was still on the cards. You can't help but imagine what the party might have been like had things worked out differently."

  76. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Adam Maxwell: "That line-up and bench - there are seven maybe eight I'd be happy to be involved in the future; the rest can do one as they say. #bbcscotfootball"

  77. BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    'Two up front makes sense'

    "I think in a game like this two up front [Steven Fletcher and Chris Martin] makes sense. We're going to have the bulk of possession and we should be creating opportunities. The more natural strikers you have in the box gives you a better opportunity to run up some goals.

    "Everybody's on a bit of a downer after Thursday night and the fact we're not going to get to France next year. I think this was the occasion for us to do that.

    "That third place would've got you a play-off and it will get much more difficult in the future with the World Cup campaign. We're all very disappointed we're not there..."

  78. Gibraltar v Scotland (19:45 BST)

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    "The sun has gone down here in the Algarve as the Scotland players go through their final warm-up at the dusk of their Euro 2016 campaign. The mood surrounding the squad has been a more gloomy one than at any time under Gordon Strachan and no amount of goals tonight will brighten that.

    "A few stalwarts from the fringes of the squad are given a run-out tonight and indeed this could be the final time we see some of these players in the dark blue of their country."

  79. Get Involved

    Victory and a few goals to boot could prove cathartic for Scotland tonight. We want to hear your views on the Euro 2016 campaign and where you think the national side came unstuck.

    A dejected Scotland fan
    Image caption: Scotland are the only home nation to miss out on qualification for the Euro 2016 finals

    Also, if you had to choose a song to accurately depict the campaign, which would you pick?

    How about Oasis with Don't Look Back In Anger; The End by The Doors or Travis's Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

    Send us your song for the hit parade via text using 80295, tweet using #bbcscotfootball or message me @bbcthomasmcg - you can also visit our Facebook page.

  80. LINE-UPS


    Gibraltar: Robba, Garcia, Barnett, Roy Chipolina, Ryan Casciaro, Joseph Chipolina, Walker, Daniel Duarte, Lee Casciaro, Bardon, Kyle Casciaro. Subs: Jordan Perez, Bosio, Clarke, Brian Perez, Gosling, Cabrera, Rovegno, Jean Paul Duarte, Coombes, Gulling, Yome, Neale.

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Greer, Berra, Robertson, Ritchie, Dorrans, Brown, Maloney, Chris Martin, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gordon, Shinnie, Whittaker, Russell Martin, Darren Fletcher, Hanley, Russell, Naismith, Marshall.

    Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)

  81. Players want Strachan to stay - Brown

    Scotland captain Scott Brown wants Gordon Strachan to stay on as manager despite the midfielder feeling "devastated" at missing out on the Euro 2016 finals.

    "Of course, he is a great manager," said the Celtic player when asked about Strachan's future.

    "He's been huge for me at club level and huge for me at international level as well.

    Scotland captain Scott Brown and goalkeeper David Marshall
    Image caption: Scott Brown (left) says the Scotland players want the manager to stay

    "Since Gordon has taken over, we have got better and stronger. It has shown in a proper football team out on the park who are fighting and battling for each other and who can play good attractive football.

    "But that is down to Gordon at the end of the day. There is a game to play first."

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    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport

    "The Estadio Algarve in Faro where Scotland's interest in Euro 2016 comes to an end..."

    The Estadio Algarve
    Image caption: The Estadio Algarve ahead of Scotland v Gibraltar
  83. Strachan cools speculation

    'Made the nation happy'

    In the aftermath of the draw with Poland, Gordon Strachan was reluctant to be drawn on his future as Scotland manager.

    Preferring instead to focus on his players, Strachan intimated that he'll assess his position at following the Gibraltar clash.

    With the Scottish FA indicating it wants him to remain in charge, the ball is in Strachan's court.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: "I've got to say it's been - it is - an incredible experience..."

    "There are two or three people I need to speak to and make sure everything's clear - then we'll take it from there," he said.

    "I've always said 'wait to the end of the [Euro 2016 qualifying] campaign' but don't expect me to be speaking right after the game.

    "There's no time limit on it but I've got to say it's been - it is - an incredible experience.

    "It is a job that makes you so proud and I know during the campaign there have been many performances that have made the nation happy."

  84. Scotland ring the changes

    Gordon Strachan makes seven changes to the side that drew with Poland at Hampden. Captain Scott Brown, Alan Hutton, Matt Ritchie and Steven Fletcher retain their places.

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Greer, Berra, Robertson, Brown, Dorrans, Ritchie, Maloney, S Fletcher, C Martin. Subs: Gordon, Marshall, Shinnie, Whittaker, R.Martin, Hanley, D Fletcher, Russell, Naismith.

  85. Group D as it stands

    A point would only have been good enough for Scotland had the Republic of Ireland lost at home to Germany.

    But Martin O'Neill's side beat the world champions 1-0 in Dublin to consign Gordon Strachan's men to fourth place in Group D.

    Group D as it stands

    While Strachan has sought to cool speculation over his future in charge of the national side, the players will aim to end an ultimately disappointing campaign on a high.

    Good evening and a warm welcome to our live text commentary of Scotland's Euro 2016 swansong.

  86. Shattered dreams

    Has it sunk in yet? No, I didn't think so.

    While Scotland's dreams of booking their place at the Euro 2016 finals have been shattered, each of the other Home Nations are already practising their French ahead of next summer's showcase.

    Scotland players react to missing out on a Euro 2016 play-off place following the draw with Poland
    Image caption: Scotland failed to secure a play off spot following their draw with Poland

    Gordon Strachan's men had little time to lick their wounds following the 2-2 draw with Poland, before heading for the Algarve and the dead rubber against Group D basement outfit Gibraltar.