Scotland might have managed to sneak into the UEFA 2020 European Championships via virtue of playing in the UEFA Nations League and qualifying via two consecutive penalty shoot-outs but they did not disgrace themselves.

There may have been some disappointment, but to have been in a group that consisted of the tournament’s runners-up (England), the 2018 FIFA World Cup runners-up (Croatia) and a pretty exciting Czech Republic side, it would be hard to be too mad with what had happened.

Indeed, the same anger can not be directed at the team’s performances by those who are continuing to miss out on and missing out on the best possible bonuses to obtain.

However, club football has since returned and now it is the turn for Celtic, Rangers, and Aberdeen to try and carry on the good work and progress that Scottish football is looking to show and build on.

Obviously, Celtic and Rangers were knocked out of UEFA Champions League contention in rather disappointing circumstances, but they have been given a second bite of the delicious cake that European football provides them.

Ange Postecoglou’s side will have a stern test, though, as they will need to overcome Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to try and progress into the UEFA Europa League once again.

Steven Gerrard’s side were essentially embarrassed by Swedish minnows Malmo recently and will now have to go up against FC Alashkert Yerevan for a place in the same competition as their Old Firm rivals.

The Gers will want to ensure that they are not on embarrassed once again as they play against the Armenian side, with the current Scottish Premiership champions having had a rough time of it as of late. It is a real surprise given that they went unbeaten last season.

Aberdeen is the third team to be representing Scotland in continental football this season, with the club competing in the newly-formed UEFA Europa Conference League.

The Pittodrie outfit will go up against Qarabag FK for a place in the proper stage of the competition, although the Azerbaijan outfit will provide them with a tough test as they regularly compete in European competitions.

However, the Dons have already managed to navigate opponents such as BK Hacken and Breidablik Kopavogur in order to reach this stage, so Stephen Glass’ side have every chance of heading to Azerbaijan and getting a result.

They will, though, need to be better than their last match as they lost to Raith Rovers.