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Steve Clarke says he is 'CONVINCED' Scotland will make up for their World Cup exit by qualifying for Euro 2024 and admits Ukraine were 'well prepared' and 'the best team' in their emotional play-off semi-final clash

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A defiant Steve Clarke vowed to bounce back from the crushing disappointment of a World Cup exit by taking Scotland to the Euro 2024 finals.

Victorious Ukraine coach Olexandr Petrakov insists his players were driven by the determination to make their war-torn nation proud.

And, despite six of their starting eleven playing no competitive football since December, the visitors comprehensively outplayed Clarke's side as they romped to a 3-1 win to set up a play-off final clash against Wales.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke tipped his players to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Ukraine

Scotland boss Steve Clarke tipped his players to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Ukraine

The war-ravaged nation produced a clinical display to end Scotland's World Cup dreams

The war-ravaged nation produced a clinical display to end Scotland's World Cup dreams

Despite the promise of extra-time after Callum McGregor's late strike the Scots were well beaten by goals from Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and an added time breakaway from substitute Artem Dovbyk. Ukraine now travel to Cardiff for a place at the Qatar finals on Sunday.

Admitting his side lost to a better team, Clarke's side entered the game unbeaten in their last eight and promised to build on the progress of the last two years by reaching the next Euro finals in Germany.

'I am convinced,' said the Scotland boss. 'That's why it is important we don't forget how far we have come over the last three years.

Clarke said he was 'convinced' his side would recover and qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany

Clarke said he was 'convinced' his side would recover and qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany

'We have to qualify for Euro 2024 and beyond that we have to get to the next World Cup in 2026.

'This group of players will have more caps, more experience and should be better.

'When I first came into the job there were some very low moments. We have left those days behind I think, I really do. We have improved a lot.

'I am sad, I am sad

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