Optimism is back in Cologne as Tartan Army soak up atmosphere before crunch match

The feeling of optimism is back in Cologne, where thousands of Tartan Army have arrived ahead of our match with Switzerland on Wednesday night.

The heads were down after our Friday night drubbing and many of the people we spoke to were clearly hurting.

It didn't take too long, though, for the confidence to return - and as the hangovers cleared and the songs started back up, the feeling among most is that we are still going to get out of this group.

Tartan Army revellers drink outside an Irish pub at Alter Markt on Monday afternoon
Tartan Army revellers drink outside an Irish pub at Alter Markt on Monday afternoon -Credit:Ross Turpie / Daily Record

After a quiet couple of days the tartan takeover began on Sunday night, as Scots piled into the many bars at the Alter Markt to watch the football.

There have been English supporters in the square every day too with both sets of fans drinking together and engaging in what could only be described as 'friendly banter'.

It's not only boozing the Scots have been partaking in, though. Cologne is a stunning city and many - myself included - have been making the most of their time here exploring the many sights, and in particular the spectacular cathedral.

We know what we need to do on Wednesday. Four points will probably be enough, so we can't slip up again against the Swiss - and those in the city are determined we can do it.

No matter what happens on the pitch, though, this has been the trip of a lifetime and one that will live long in the memory of all those who have made the trip across.

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