It starts all over again on Sunday as Scotland embark on another World Cup qualifying campaign.
As someone once said, it’s the hope that kills you.
Scotland haven’t qualified for a major tournament since 1998.
If they make the World Cup in Russia it will be 20 years since we last managed it.
Looking at Group F fills me with dread.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has a big qualifying campaign ahead of him
England might be a different animal under big Sam Allardyce, there’s the usual suspects like Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia, and we start with a typical banana skin in Malta on Sunday.
I really hope we do it. We should be able to achieve second in that group.
People will point to different failures but for me it was settling for a draw against Ireland in Dublin when had we gone for it I’m convinced we’d have taken a vital three points.
That’s my case in point. To achieve anything, to emulate the likes of Northern Ireland or Wales, we have to go into games trying to score goals and believing that we can win, rather than trying not to lose.
Until we do that, I reckon we’re doomed to failure.