SCOT Gemmill insisted there were plenty of positives to take from the campaign despite Scotland crashing out of qualifying contention in Kiev last night.
Celtic midfielder Lewis Morgan got the young Scots off to a brilliant start with a goal after just 53 seconds, but they were made to rue missed first-half opportunities.
And Rangers keeper Robby McCrorie (pictured) allowed a long-range shot from Oleksandr Zubkov to slip past him which gifted Ukraine the lead, after the same player had earlier equalised.
Scotland needed to win to stay in with a chance of reaching the play-offs as one of four best placed runners-up, but as they pushed for an equaliser they allowed Viktor Kovalenko to net with the last kick of the ball to give the hosts a flattering scoreline.
But Gemmill believes his side are progressing. He said: “I’m satisfied we made a huge improvement in our performance against Ukraine if you compare the game in Scotland against them with that. But of course we are disappointed to lose. to remember how important he has been for us.
“Against France at the Toulon Tournament and Holland away in the last game he made some great saves. There’s no doubt he will be able to handle it maturely.
“The big thing for me is the young players who are in the squad – over 10 of them can play again in the next campaign and also the players who have already moved up from the 21s to the full squad.
“We feel the performances are getting stronger.”
Morgan said: “We all stand behind Robby, I don’t know if he was unsighted or the ball swerved. He made a couple of good saves in the game.”