Stark hoping young Scots learn

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Billy Stark is hoping Scotland Under-21s can learn from their failure to qualify for the European Championship
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Billy Stark is hoping Scotland Under-21s can learn from their failure to qualify for the European Ch …

Scotland Under-21 head coach Billy Stark hopes the experience of their near miss in qualifying can benefit several players for their next UEFA European Championship campaign.

The young Scots conceded an injury-time goal on the counter-attack as they pushed for the late winner in Austria that would have sent them into the play-offs as one of the best four runners-up.

Scotland had been unbeaten before their 3-2 defeat in Altach on Monday night and won four points against Group 10 winners Holland.

Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Aberdeen right-back Ryan Jack and Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong all started the game after being involved with the squad throughout the campaign.

They are all eligible to play in the qualifiers for the 2015 finals along with Celtic striker Tony Watt, who marked his first start with a headed goal and also set up Johnny Russell for a goal that put Scotland 2-1 ahead.

Stark told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "The fact we have a number of players that can play in the next championship is really another pleasing aspect of this campaign.

"In the past we've had two or three that have played in two tournaments for us but last night we had four that started the match and another few in the squad.

"The likes of Paul Hanlon, Ross Perry and Danny Wilson all played in the last campaign when we reached the play-offs and that experience stood them in good stead.

"Hopefully the guys that can play in the next campaign can keep progressing and hit the ground running for us when we set out to qualify for the next championship."

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