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Ferguson backs Scotland to 'bounce back' from Euros pain

Scotland midfielder Lewis Ferguson
Lewis Ferguson has 12 Scotland caps [SNS]

Lewis Ferguson was disappointed to see his Scotland team-mates fail to do themselves justice at Euro 2024 but backs them to "bounce back" when the Nations League starts in September.

The Bologna midfielder, 24, missed out on Steve Clarke's squad for the finals in Germany after picking up a serious knee injury in April.

"It was difficult having being part of the squad all through qualification," he told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound. "We started qualification really well and built up some great momentum and were playing some really good stuff.

"Then, watching the Euros, it was disappointing obviously from being a fan. And, when you see your team-mates struggling, you just want to help and obviously I wasn't able to do that."

Scotland opened the group stage at the finals with a 5-1 thrashing by the hosts and Ferguson said: "I don't think anyone expected us to get anything out of the first game, but we still didn't show what we're capable of and that was disappointing.

"But I think the Switzerland game [1-1 draw] was a massive improvement. Drawing with them was not a bad result considering how good they have been and they are into the latter stages of the competition.

"I think it was the last game [losing 1-0 to Hungary] that was the most disappointing because I felt confident in the build-up to that; I'm thinking, if we win, we're through, and thinking we have a better squad than Hungary, better players, better individuals and I would like to think we were better as a team.

"Obviously it never worked out quite like that. They've received a bit of criticism and it'll take a bit of time to get over, but I know them and the staff and they'll be ready to bounce back."