Over the last 18 years when we've tried and failed to qualify for a major tournament, the most used and infuriating excuses are "we've had bad luck" and "Ach we're just a wee nation". It's about time we got a reality check and accept we simply haven't been good enough! Relying on luck is definitely a weak argument and Strachan again talked about deflected goals. Yes, some games have seen luck desert us but, overall, you make your own luck and we've not done enough. Poland and Ireland both beat Germany, we lost to Georgia - that's the reason why we have missed out again. This "wee nation" pish can also do one. Iceland have just dispelled that myth completely, as have Northern Ireland. So many nations have developed whilst we've stood still being stuck in our ways. Some parts of the country to be fair are changing their youth structure but that can take years before we see any real progress and other parts still insist on the "tried and tested" methods that only hold back our game. It doesn't matter if you are a country of 5 million, 50 million or 300k, if you have the players and coaching staff you have a chance of qualifying. Another thing we need to lose is this settling for a draw carry on. Scotland fans celebrating a draw in Dublin was embarrassing and the team playing for a point was even worse. To qualify, you need to target victories against your closest rivals first. We can argue all we want that we didn't lose to Poland and Ireland, but we didn't beat Poland either and we lost a game away to a pot five team with the mentality of "we don't need to win" whilst our rivals went there and cleaned up. We need a winning mentality, not "a draw will do" one. Interestingly, the last time Scotland claimed maximum points against the bottom two seeded teams was Euro 96. Tells its own story.