Netherlands 4-0 Scotland: Analysis

With 18 minutes to go, disappointment seemed inevitable for Scotland after countless squandered chances. But positives were aplenty. A flogging of this nature never seemed on the cards.

For over an hour, it was one of the best away performances against a top-quality nation by Clarke's side in recent memory.

There was a control, a confidence, perhaps a cockiness at times, about their play. Chance, after chance, after chance was created. Equally, though, they were wasted. A total of 13 of them.

Scotland were faced with an in-form Flekken, who did not flounder. Scotland did, though. And then some.

An ugly defeat developed. If this was the first rehearsal for the Euros, then the curtains need closed and a new routine concocted.

Or rather, a return to the old structure that served them so well in qualifying. The triple substitution that saw John Souttar, Lewis Ferguson and Che Adams enter the fray seemed to spook them.

Eyes could not be taken off the action in the first half for all the right reasons. By minute 86, whiplash could be brought about in an attempt to turn away from the misery.

Netherlands has never been a happy hunting ground. But there was hope on this voyage. Once again, it was misguided.