SCOTLAND was celebrating a night that will never be forgotten as the national football side beat Serbia on penalties to qualify for their first major men’s tournament since 1998.
Fans sang on the streets, played bagpipes, and put the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions to one side as 22 years of hurt were swept away in Belgrade.
Scotland, as tradition seems to dictate, did it the hard way, throwing away a 1-0 lead in the last minute before winning on penalties 5-4.
Scotland booked their place in next year’s Euros – coronavirus permitting – after goalkeeper David Marshall saved Serbia’s final regulation penalty effort.
Uncertainty continues to hover over next summer’s finals, with Glasgow one of 12 host cities across the continent.
But if Euro 2020 goes ahead next year, and with two of Scotland’s group games being held at Hampden it should provide a huge economic boost, in particular for the hospitality sector hit hard by Covid lockdowns.
It was previously estimated that the Euro finals could pump more than £20m into the Scotland economy, even without Scotland success on the pitch.
In the town centre of Falkirk in central Scotland, where indoor gatherings between households are prohibited due to Covid-19 restrictions, fans cheered and sang Flower of Scotland on the streets until the early hours of Friday.
In Glasgow, a group of around 50 fans were filmed celebrating the win by climbing a statue in George Square in the city centre shortly before midnight.
In Edinburgh there were scenes of shirtless men dancing and singing on a rooftop, with one of them playing the bagpipes.
In the north of Scotland, where Covid-19 restrictions are less strict, groups were allowed to gather in pubs to watch the game but had to clear out before the 10.30pm cut-off, which was just five minutes after the penalty shootout.
The police in the city of Aberdeen had to disperse a group at the Draft Project pub at 10pm “We are aware of footage circulating on social media following the Scotland game last (Thursday) night,” Police Scotland chief inspector…