What the Scotland pundits said as McFadden left wondering over gameplan and Boyd insists Clarke the man for World Cup

Kris Boyd hopes Steve Clarke shrugs off the Euro 2024 disappointment to lead Scotland to the Nations League and the next World Cup campaign - as James McFadden was left wondering over the approach to the do or die Hungary clash.

Scotland were caught with a 100th minute sucker punch in Stuttgart as Kevin Csoboth netted for the Magyars as Clarke's men finished bottom of Group A and now heading home from Germany. For the third tournament in succession, Scotland have lost their opening game, drawn their second and lost their third to finish with a solitary point.

McFadden wondered if Scotland could have been more adventurous in a game where a win would have secured history as the first ever team to reach the knockout stage. Clarke is contracted with the SFA until the 2026 World Cup and Boyd, who played under the 60-year-old at Kilmarnock, hopes he stays. Here's what a selection of pundits had to say.

James McFadden (BBC)

It was a sucker punch but Scotland had a go to try and win the game. Yes, two points might have been enough but the likelihood is that it wasn’t going to be. Scotland had to go and win the game and you leave yourself open to the counter attack. Hungary looked the most likely to score with the chances they created. Scotland just didn’t find that quality final ball or look as dangerous as they should have been. It was just a big night of disappointment. I wonder if they could have had a go a little bit earlier within a structure. I don’t mean just throw loads of attackers on and play players out of a position. I just mean have more of an attacking threat from earlier because it’s always dangerous to leave it to who gets the best chance the closest to the final whistle. It’s a big disappointment for the tournament but when you try and win the game you expose yourself to the counter attack.

Kris Boyd (Sky Sports)

Steve Clarke cut a dejected figure as he walked up the tunnel. Whatever happens, I hope he’s the one to lead us into the Nations League. It will be difficult against Poland, Portugal and Croatia. I hope he leads us into the next World Cup because he knows this squad and has shown he can get us there. On the night, we didn’t do enough to go and win. We had a lot of the ball and never really created much. It’s the one thing Steve Clarke has to answer. A lot of people out there say it’s negativity but I’m not buying into that. There’s more ways to win a game of football. If we open up we can get punished and that happened. Scotland were on the attack at the end and just when they thought they had an opportunity to go and score a goal, Hungary do what they do and counter attack and break away and score. Overall, in terms of the opportunities Hungary created more. But the most important thing was Barnabas Varga and hopefully he’s okay after getting stretchered off. They had a lot of the ball in the first half - 80 per cent possession at one point - but never really created anything. And Hungary were able to counter. It wasn’t like us. Scotland don’t usually have a lot of the ball and you have to come up with different formulas.

Pat Nevin (BBC)

There may be plenty of people saying it is time for Steve Clarke to go. I personally am delighted with how he has taken us to two Euros and we have looked like an organised, structured team for the vast majority of the time. But it almost looks like there might be one last hurrah for this group of players, which would be the World Cup. You need to decide whether you give it to Clarke or if he himself wants to take things any further. There can be a wider discussion about what should and shouldn’t have been done but Scotland had a right go in those extra 10 minutes. It looked as if anyone was going to score it was going to be Scotland.

Former Chelsea ace Pat Nevin
Former Chelsea ace Pat Nevin -Credit:SNS Group

They threw everything at it. Lawrence Shankland came on and made the difference. There was massive chances. Had we gone out meekly I’d have been more annoyed about it. I’m just devastated for the Scotland players who put a huge amount in there and found new ways to go out.

Neil McCann (BBC)

It was a great time to score but I never envisaged it would be a Hungary goal. We were absolutely sucker punched with the breakaway. Dominik Szoboszlai was hanging around and what a pass it was. I wondered if he was slightly offside but it was a great pick out for the byline and a great finish from Kevin Csoboth. It’s heartbreaking.