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The best Celtic/Scotland XI since the last World Cup appearance in 1998

Unless there is a minor miracle at Wembley on Friday night, another generation of Scotland players will miss out on playing at the World Cup Finals.

Russia 2018 looks like becoming another distant tournament as 20 years passes without Scotland at the biggest stage of the international game.

The World Cup in France saw Celtic’s biggest ever contingent of players. Fresh from stopping ten-in-a-row Craig Brown relied heavily on the Hoops connection for his squad.

Best pals Simon Donnelly and Jackie McNamara were on duty, midfielders Paul Lambert and Craig Burley were in place, Darren Jackson started in the opening match against Brazil, Tom Boyd scored an own goal with Johnathan Gould a back up keeper after Andy Goram had a change of mind. Tosh McKinlay was also in the squad, despite being understudy to Stephane Mahe at club level

Former Celt’s Derek Whyte and John Collins were also included.

The decline in Scottish international football since 1998 has been sharp, with the list of internationals from Celtic highlighting the issue.

With all respect to the players listed in this article, it’s unlikely that many of them would have been capped in another era. Typically the team is playing in a 4-5-1 formation to dig in for a draw or face saving defeat.

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