Kieran Tierney eyes quick return to big stage for Scotland after Euros exit

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Kieran Tierney eyes quick return to big stage for Scotland after Euros exit
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Kieran Tierney insists Scotland will bounce back from their Euro 2020 exit and that it will not be long before they are back at a major tournament again.

Scotland were knocked out after losing 3-1 last night against Croatia at Hampden Park in their final Group D game. Defeat meant Scotland finished bottom of the group with just one point.

Steve Clarke's side fought bravely but Croatia's quality showed, as they won with goals from Nikola Vlasic, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic, while Callum McGregor equalised for the Scots.

Scotland are determined not to have to wait another 23 years to return to the big stage — their last major tournament was France '98.

"That's the aim, that's what the manager said," said Arsenal star Tierney.

"The message he wanted to get across was, 'This is not the end of this group of boys, it's just the beginning of us qualifying for tournaments'. I am sure the boys will give everything to do that. We will all learn, for sure.

“Last night was a big learning curve. [Croatia] have been there before. The way they played, it was hard for us to get going."

Head coach Clarke echoed Tierney's words as he vowed Scotland would be back at a major tournament soon. "I promise you it won't be 23 years until the next one," he said.

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