Ally McCoist breaks down Steve Clarke 'biggest' Scotland fumble as Rangers hero responds to Celtic fan admission

Ally McCoist reckons Steve Clarke's biggest fumble at the Euros was failing to give Lawrence Shankland enough time on the pitch.

The Hearts striker hit a whopping 30 goals for the club last season and was rewarded with a shot at the tournament in Germany. Che Adams, however, was the man chosen to lead the line from the start in all three group games with Shankland being reduced to a bit-part role when the Scots were chasing the game.

The attacker looked dangerous particularly against Hungary when he came on and frustrated McCoist suggested that the lack of minutes for a proven goal scorer - one of our first in a number of years for the national side - will be a long lingering regret.

Coisty was reacting after talkSPORT host Jeff Stelling read out a message from a Celtic supporter which insisted it was lethal McCoist who was our last real threat up front.

"My old man is 80 and I watched Scotland and he said, 'Wee man, he broke our hearts for 10 years, but what we would give for a striker like McCoist'. We haven't produced a centre-forward in 30 years and I can't see that changing soon," the Hoops fan letter read.

McCoist responded: "Such a shame isn't it? Such a shame in forward areas. We have nothing. Obviously we have been talking about it since - we have got nobody. I am looking at the top teams and they have all got people in wide who can do something different. Top, top players that can go by people and do something different.

"The game changes when you go by people, and we don't have anybody like that. It's a shame, we have a hard working group of boys that have their best but we lacked that bit of quality, especially in the final third."

An irked Stelling then added: "You must have been screaming - because I was - put Shankland with Che Adams not for him. For goodness sake, you are 20 minutes from going out of a major tournament."

To which Ibrox hero Coisty said: "100 per cent. That was the biggest thing for me. You have kept your best finisher out, he has not been anywhere near a game for long enough. He just moves like a goalscorer, and he just didn't get enough time on the pitch."