SCOTLAND regarded like that they had the Euros on their thoughts as they blew their Nations League bid.
Subs Scott McKenna and Leigh Griffiths got here shut with a few last-gasp makes an attempt after Manor Solomon drilled Israel’s winner on 44 minutes – whereas residence defender Eli Dasa rode his luck when he dealt with inside his penalty space in stoppage time.
Kieran Tierney displays on Scotland’s misfortune as defeat in Israel denied them promotion within the Nations LeagueCredit score: SNS Group
Israel striker Manor Solomon celebrates his winner towards ScotlandCredit score: AFP or licensors
But it surely was too little, too late because the Czech Republic beat Slovakia to win the group.
Boss Steve Clarke will put a courageous face on it, however he will likely be secretly seething at squandering the possibility to step as much as the highest desk of Nations League soccer.
Extra importantly, it could have left a transparent path to a World Cup play-off place.
However with a date with future towards England safely booked for subsequent summer season, they are going to quickly mud off their disappointment.
There could also be 36 extra sleeps till Christmas.
However each Scotland fan will know there are 154 extra sleeps till Wembley, the place they are going to face the Auld Enemy on June 18.
And that’s loads of time to persuade themselves that this younger, growing Scotland staff will likely be able to placing the Three Lions to the Claymore.
If Clarke wished to lull Gareth Southgate right into a false sense of safety, then he did it with this lacklustre efficiency.
Steve Clarke noticed his Scotland aspect waste final probabilities to keep away from defeatCredit score: AFP or licensors
Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor will get to grips with residence defender Eli Dasa Credit score: AFP or licensors
Scotland’s play-off heroics in Belgrade appeared a distant reminiscence, regardless of the supervisor sending out the identical beginning staff that ended 22 years of damage by holding their nerve to beat Serbia on penalties final week.
Regardless of Clarke giving the overwhelming majority of his first selection staff the break day in Slovakia on the weekend, too many nonetheless appeared hungover in Netanya.
Aston Villa’s John McGinn got here closest to breaking the first-half impasse with a flashing header.
However his former Hibernian team-mate Ofir Marciano denied him with an excellent fingertip save.
There was no innovative and elsewhere bother was brewing in Pilsen, the place the Czechs had taken the lead towards Slovakia to leapfrog Scotland on the prime of the group.
If that got here as a blow, worse was to comply with when Israel took the lead a minute earlier than half-time.
Solomon had already served warning of his menace with an extended vary effort which zipped narrowly previous David Marshall’s publish.
However the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder was to not be denied his first aim for his nation.
McTominay is a piece in progress at centre-back.. The prospect of Grealish and Kane working at him will torment the Tartan Military.
He piled strain on the Scots when he uncovered Scott McTominay’s defensive deficiencies once more.
The Manchester United midfielder is a piece in progress at centre-back and it confirmed as Solomon turned him inside out earlier than drilling a low shot past Marshall.
The prospect of Jack Grealish and Harry Kane working at McTominay will torment the Tartan Military.
However there’s nonetheless time for the rookie defender to cram in some swotting throughout three World Cup qualifiers in March earlier than his largest take a look at.
Clarke despatched on recent firepower within the form of Griffiths, Oli McBurnie and Oli Burke.
However after 5 latest conferences between the 2 sides, Israel appeared to know their opponents inside out.
They handled all the pieces Scotland might throw at them as Marciano defied Stephen O’Donnell and Kieran Tierney with a few routine saves.
In truth it took a late cease from Marshall to forestall Eyal Golasa including a second for Israel.
And if Scotland repeat this displaying at Wembley subsequent yr, Marshall will certainly must dig out his super-hero cape as soon as once more!