Scotland eventually fell to defeat against Germany at Hampden Park last night, but James McArthur enjoyed a moment to savour.
With the visitors leading Gordon Strachan’s team 2-1 just before the interval, the ball fell to the Crystal Palace midfielder, prompting him to hit a sweetly struck side-footed shot straight passed Manuel Neuer and into the back of the net.
Sadly for Jimmy and his fellow countryman, his strike would not be enough to secure a point against the reigning world champions, who took the lead once again in the 54th minute through Ilkay Guendogan and made sure not to allow for any further slip-ups.
Comprehensively outplayed in the second period, Scotland can now hope for a play-off place at best in their bid to qualify for next summer’s European championships, but they can take great heart from the manner in which they equipped themselves last night against the ruthlessly efficient juggernaut that is the German national side.
Far more illustrious footballing nations have tried and failed in their attempts to overcome Joachim Löw’s side in recent years, with no disgrace attached to the overall performance Scotland produced last night, but unfortunately, McArthur’s impressive hit was to be as good as it got for them.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for them in their hunt for a play-off place.