RYAN CHRISTIE mixed cheers with tears after rifling in the goal that took Scotland to the brink of their first major competition since the World Cup Finals in France in 1998.

The Celtic midfielder netted the all-important strike in Serbia with the game eventually going to penalty-kicks following a 1-1 extra-time stalemate.

Goalkeeper David Marshall took over the heroic duties when he dived to his left to beat away the home side’s crucial spot-kick and the Scots were heading for the Euro Finals.

Steve Clarke’s men will kick off the competition with an encounter against the Czech Republic at Hampden on June 14 before moving onto the tie against England at Wembley four days later and then facing Croatia, once again in Glasgow, on the 22nd in their quest to win through Group D.

Christie said: “I’ve got memories of watching all these World Cups and Euros go on through the summer. The streets are always packed and the pubs are always full of fans.

“So the thought of that happening with Scotland being at a major tournament it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

TEAR WE GO…an emotional Ryan Christie in Belgrade in November.

“Going into the Euros everyone is just desperate to do well and to have that football fever over the summer again.

“We are more than ready for this. We are made for this.”

Reflecting on the TV interview at the end eventful November evening in Belgrade, Christie, in a report in the Daily Record, added: “It was ridiculous, I just remember trying to put some sort of words together.

“Anybody who speaks to me about that night, they obviously say congratulations on the game, but the main thing they’ve taken from it is the interview afterwards and saying they got a bit choked up, as well.

“I would have never thought in a million years that I would be part of the squad that did it. It’s a dream come true.

“I think everybody’s just desperate to have that feeling of football fever over the summer again.

“To think of the whole nation behind us, walking out at Hampden on home turf, it’s incredible. We’re determined to do everything we can to keep the dream going.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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