STEVE CLARKE ensured 2020 was a year to remember for the Tartan Army as Scotland ended their two decade long wait for a return to a major finals.

But the national team boss insists there is still plenty of room for improvement as he looks to ensure the next 12 months are even more historic for his squad and our game.

The achievements of Clarke and his players in reaching the European Championship finals brought joy amid the heartache for fans across the country as Scotland endured tough months through the Coronavirus pandemic.

And the 57-year-old is determined to build more momentum and bring an even greater feel good factor to the nation as he strives for further success ahead of the finals next summer.

Clarke said: “It's been a successful year. The aim was to qualify for a major tournament.

“That was the prime objective and we managed to achieve that. But it would be wrong of me to sit here and say we've cracked it because we haven't.

“We still have work to do and we must improve as a team. Hopefully we'll get a bit more depth in the squad, which isn't easy, as I'm finding out as an international manager.

“But it's been a good year. We should be happy with what we've achieved – but look to achieve even more in 2021.

“I wouldn't say there was a moment when I realised the magnitude of what qualifying meant. Maybe living in England, I'm a bit more detached from it.

“For me, it was probably the reaction of the players on the night – and of the nation.

“We definitely gave the country a big lift in a really difficult year. It's not been easy for anybody this year.

“We showed what football can bring to a country, just by winning two games. After the game, when you get the feedback from what was going on in Scotland, it was great to see while we stuck out on our travels.”