Scotland under-21 manager Scot Gemmill was left disappointed after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Denmark last night at Tynecastle as the Tartan Army’s bid to reach the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 1996 suffered a blow.

A mistake from keeper Cieran Slicker gifted the Danes the only goal of the game to leave Scotland with one point from their opening two games but Gemmill tried to find the positives despite the result.


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While he admitted it was a “steep learning curve” for his players, Gemmill praised the “resilience and intelligence” shown as the Danes eked out a 1-0 win thanks to Gustav Isaksen’s strike early in the first half.

“We are disappointed to lose but I try to speak to the players about the positives,” Gemmill said.

“I felt it was a positive performance. There have been times in the past when a pot one team will completely dictate the game to us.

“I didn’t feel that was the case. There were moments when they did and our players had to show resilience and intelligence.

“We are normally very good at shutting it down but it got switched and seven or eight seconds later the ball was in the back of our net.

“That is the level we are playing against and if you don’t do your job the ball will end up in the back of your net. It’s a steep learning curve.”

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