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Gemmill urges disappointed Scotland U-21s to push for senior squad

Gemmill saw his team miss out on the Under-21 finals after defeat in Greece.

Gemmill urges disappointed Scotland U-21s to push for senior squad SNS Group

Scot Gemmill has urged his Scotland Under-21 players to learn from their qualifying near miss and push towards making Steve Clarke’s squad.

Scotland would have topped their group and reached the UEFA Under-21 Championship finals for the first time since 1996 if they had won in Greece but fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat.

It was only their second defeat of the campaign but it meant they finished third in Group 4 behind Czech Republic and Croatia.

Gemmill said: “Of course the players are disappointed, but you have to put it in context.

“It’s been a really encouraging set of games. A lot of the players have really matured and progressed and been very successful over a long period of time.

“So try and put it in context. Obviously if you zoom in on tonight, of course it’s disappointing to get that close and not get over the line.

“But the players have to learn from it, they have to use it. I’m sure they will because they are playing at a very high level and they are a very good group.

“So they have to use it to go home and keep pushing with their clubs and try to push towards the full squad.”