Be­ing fourth in a Cham­pi­ons League group is a hell of a lot bet­ter than be­ing a mid-ta­ble Cham­pi­onship side. Let’s hope lessons have been learned . . .

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Ger­man, Span­ish or Ital­ian play­ers get stick for keep­ing the ball?

Then came a mo­ment 10 min­utes be­fore the break that had us all on our feet and then our heads in our hands.

Robert­son surged, Sn­od­grass crossed and the ball was there for Grif­fiths to vol­ley – which he did, only for the cross­bar to get rat­tled. He was be­tween a header and a shot, like a golfer who finds him­self be­tween clubs then sends his pitch into the bunker.

Then the striker hit the in­side of a post, Mor­ri­son saw a header cleared off the line and you be­gan to fear it was one of those nights – and Scot­land en­dure such nights more than most.

How­ever, Scot­land kept go­ing. They weren’t as fluid as be­fore the break but still dom­i­nated.

Another change was made. The tir­ing Sn­od­grass made way for Ikechi Anya and the sub­sti­tute’s first touch was one he won’t remember as, with 15 min­utes to go, the ball broke to him in­side the box and his shot was more a pass-back to Oblak. The game was be­com­ing full of “if only” mo­ments.

And then up stepped the only Chris Martin it’s okay to like. Good on him and good on Gor­don Stra­chan.

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