JON MCLAUGHLIN savoured his summer with Scotland as the national side made history but fell short at the European Championships.

Now the keeper has set his sights on an even greater goal as Steve Clarke's side look to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar next term.

McLaughlin had to watch on from the sidelines as Scotland missed out on a place in the knock-out rounds after collecting just a single point in Group D.

But the tournament experience has only whetted the appetite as the Rangers star seeks to play his part in helping Clarke's side qualify for a second successive major finals in the coming months.

McLaughlin told RangersTV: "That is one of the parts you are going to enjoy most about these tournaments, seeing how much the country is behind you, how invested everyone is in it.

"Of course it was disappointing that we weren’t able to enjoy that side of it more because of Covid and the restrictions.

"It would have been great, with two games at Hampden, if we could have had a full house and had a full house at Wembley against England.

"All of these things, like fan parks at tournaments, it would have been incredible. But it was still great to see Scotland as a country being able to enjoy a summer of football where we were involved in a tournament for once.

"It is a team that is still young, I think only the goalkeepers and one other player are in their 30s.

"Everyone else is in their 20s so it is a young squad, it is a squad that is developing quite quickly and a lot of players are playing at a high level in the Premier League and SPL.

"I think it is a team that has got a bright future in the next few years and this next World Cup is now a huge incentive for those players that have had a taste of it and want to go again and try and take it further next time."