The message was consistent after a deflating defeat for Scotland in their Euro 2020 opener against Czech Republic.

From manager Steve Clarke to skipper Andy Robertson and current and former players working in the BBC studio it was about not dwelling on the 2-0 loss and to keep believing.

And while going down to Bayer Leverkusen star Patrik Schick’s double was a hammer blow to the current side’s chances of creating history and getting out of the group stage, there is plenty of reason to be hopeful.

That is because a look at the last European Championship and the first that was expanded to 24 teams shows that qualifying for the knockout stage could be possible even with just ONE victory.

There was some criticism of the competition being increased to include an extra eight nations from the previous 16-team format with many believing it would dilute the quality.

And that argument was strengthened by the fact teams could get out of the group stage by managing just a single win.

That was as a result of the four best third-placed teams qualifying and in France five years ago half of those had just three points.

But while critics see that as a negative it is a huge positive for Scotland as they cling on to hope of getting out of the section.

Slovakia, Portugal, Portugal and Northern Ireland were the four best third-placed teams at Euro 2016.

Of that quartet Northern Ireland secured just one win - 2-0 again Ukraine.

Portugal didn't even win a group game, managing just three draws and still went through before going on to win the tournament.

So with two Group D games left, Scotland have plenty to play for as four points would almost certainly take them through but even defeat at Wembley on Friday means the final match against Croatia will likely still have something riding on it.

Here Record Sport predicts a couple of scenarios that could see Scotland finish third - but we'll need to cheer on the Auld Enemy as that Czech win leaves them in the driving seat.

FOUR POINTS

The Czech Republic's win leaves them level with England at the top of the group.

That means we don't want them losing to Croatia as we take on the Three Lions at Wembley.

If we can take a point then a draw at Hampden suits us down to the ground.

England 1 Scotland 1

Croatia 1 Czech Republic 1

Scotland 1 Croatia 0

England 2 Czech Republic 1

THREE POINTS

If Steve Clarke's side are beaten by the Auld Enemy then we really need the Czechs to do us a favour against Croatia.

That would see them and England go through, while Scotland would be in a shoot-out with Croatia and then left waiting on results from other groups.

England 2 Scotland 0

Croatia 0 Czech Republic 2

Scotland 2 Croatia 1

England 1 Czech Republic 0