Saltcoats-born Steve Clarke has led Scotland’s men’s side to their first major tournament since 1998 after they beat Serbia 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shootout in their Euro 2020 play-off.

Ryan Christie’s goal in the 52nd minute looked to have secured Scotland’s spot at next summer’s delayed Euro 2020 before Luka Jovic broke the hearts of the Scots as he equalised in the final minute.

Scotland were the better team for the 90 minutes but failed to get the all-important second goal and in extra-time had their backs to the wall with Serbia looking the likelier to pick up a winner.

However, Clarke’s men held firm and in the penalty shootout David Marshall was the hero as he saved Aleksandar Mitrović’s penalty as Scotland sealed their most important win in decades with a 5-4 win.

Clarke’s side can now look forward to their first major tournament in 23 years at Euro 2020 where they will meet the Auld Enemy England as well as Croatia and the Czech Republic.

The 57-year-old took over the national side in May 2019 after a successful two years as Kilmarnock boss.

Despite winning his first game in charge 2-1 against Cyprus, Clarke then suffered four consecutive defeats.

However, the former Chelsea player turned it around with his side now unbeaten in nine games.