Andrew Robertson led by example in Scotland's opening defeat at Euro 2020
Scotland’s return to a major finals for the first time in 23 years began with a deflating 2-0 defeat by Czech Republic at Hampden Park, but how did each of the players perform?
Sadly for Marshall, there is every chance creative England fans will work the line “Schick from the halfway line” into a Wembley chant. The keeper was helpless as the Czech striker added to the history of Scottish mishaps with that wonder goal. Overall, Marshall’s efforts kept the score down. 7/10
How many puns around the name Schick are tolerable? Bad news for Scotland, party time for headline writers. Cooper is one of many who will be Schick of the sight of the Czech forward (sorry!). Let’s be kind and say Scotland’s defence obviously missed the quality of Kieran Tierney. 5/10
Beaten in the air for the opening goal, he will also testify to Schick’s capabilities. It should not get any easier for the Scotland back three against England on Friday. The number of opportunities the Czechs created does not bode well. They could have conceded many more. 5/10
Not the first Scot to suffer at the fickle hands of fortune in a major tournament. Hit the bar early in the second half, and then suffered the consequences when his attempted shot richoched to a player who scored from the centre-circle. Brutal. 5/10
Made an excellent intervention to block a slalom style run by a tricky winger on 21 minutes… unfortunately it was by his own player, Ryan Christie. The stats suggested Scotland attacked more down the right than left in the first half, which proves that many stats are useless. 5/10
Involved in several early promising combinations with Robertson and was unlucky not to halve the deficit when his shot was deflected over. Deserves sympathy because the link-up play often deserved a better finish. 7/10
A nation tried to infuse McGinn with the spirit of Archie Gemmill. When he danced through Czech defenders early on it looked like they might have succeeded. His best moments were too deep, but it’s a tough task with so little quality in attack. 7/10
Steve Clarke must curse the fact his most accomplished players are defenders or deep midfielders. McTominey did what he often does well, vacuuming the centre-circle with industrial precision. He’s an accomplished cog in the wheel. Sadly, the wheel looks punctured. 7/10
The captain seemed to be on a mission to get himself in the team of the tournament within the first 30 minutes. Could have created and scored in a blistering opening spell, but the fact a defender was the Scot’s most dynamic attacker sums up their problems. 8/10
Christie could not influence the game and was hooked at half-time to make way for Che Adams. That was a far summing up of a tough afternoon. He needed to get closer to Dykes in the first half. 5/10
The Euro ‘96 bleached-blonde is back in fashion, although whether the Scots want reminders of that is debatable. Dykes is a willing front man, but he had to score on 66 minutes as Scotland desperately sought a lifeline. 5/10
Substitutes: Che Adams for Christie; Ryan Fraser for Armstrong; Callum McGregor for Henry; James Forrest for O’Donnell; James Nisbet for Dykes.
Adams was lively, but his introduction coincided with the Czech’s exploiting more gaps. The other arrivals reflected the sense of desperation.