'We are a work in progress', Steve Clark convinced Scotland will qualify for major tournaments soon

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Scotland's World Cup wait continues. A 3-1 loss to Ukraine put an end to their World Cup bid on Wednesday, extending their asbence from the tournament to 24 years.

Steve Clarke's side were frankly outclassed by a Ukraine team fueled on emotion on Wednesday night, with Andriy Yarmolenko deservedly putting the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute before Roman Yaremchuk doubled that lead three minutes after the break.

Callum McGregor halved the deficit for the hosts in the 79th minute, but Ukraine's victory was sealed when substitute Artem Dovbyk added a third in added time. Ukraine will now play Wales on Sunday night to decide the final member of Group B in the World Cup.

But while Scotland's fans and players were understandably distraught at missing out on this winter's tournament, manager Steve Clarke spoke optimistically about his side post-match. "When I first came into the job there were some very low moments," said Clarke. "We have left those days behind, I think, I really do. "We have improved a lot. I am sad for the players because we wanted to go to a World Cup together. "We can't do that. But we can't feel too sorry for ourselves.

"We are a work in progress, we want to get better and hopefully they don't make me out to be a liar and do qualify for another tournament which I am sure they will. "I am convinced and that is why it is important that we don't forget how far we have come over the last three years. "It is a group that has developed together. "We have to qualify for Euro 2024 and beyond that, by the time we get to the World Cup in 2026 this group will have more caps, more experience and should be better and that's what we should aim to be." Scotland qualified for a first major tournament since 1998 by reaching the 2020 European Championships last summer, but a spot in the World Cup continues to elude them.

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