Scotland qualify for Euro 2020: Steve Clarke, Ryan Christie, Darren Fletcher show what it means | Football News

first_imgDarren Fletcher on Sky Sports:“Unbelievable! The shoot-out was excruciating! I am buzzing! David Marshall is a hero to the whole country! But the standards of all the penalties was brilliant.“Talk about character. Those lads weren’t stepping up thinking, ‘Imagine if I’m the one to miss’. They were positive – and then Marshall was the hero.“I fancied every one of them stepping up. There was something about Mitrovic; he was saving himself for fifth. Our main striker stepped up first – bang, into the back of the net. People thinking about glory and headlines; that’s what I thought about Mitrovic.“Then Big ‘Marsh’ – what a hand.” – Advertisement – Scotland’s reward for the win in Belgrade is a place in Group D alongside England, Croatia and Czech Republic – and a mouth-watering Euro 2020 schedule that will see two of their matches – against Croatia and Czech Republic – played in Glasgow. – Advertisement – Aleksandar Mitrovic is consoled after his decisive missed penaltyImage:Aleksandar Mitrovic is consoled after his decisive missed penalty Ryan Christie was moved to tears after helping Scotland secure their place at Euro 2020 with a penalty shoot-out win against Serbia. Scotland have been turned upside down by Clarke’s influence in the dugout with a run of nine matches unbeaten and the boss couldn’t hide his emotions at full time despite claiming “he was calm” during the shootout.Clarke told Sky Sports: “It took a bit of time to get people onside, but we’ve been positive and no one can be more proud than the players on the pitch. One or two of the boys have been in tears and that shows how much it means.“When David Marshall saved the last penalty, I had a little glint in my eye. I may have a cry when I get to my room later. 4:02 Scotland manager Steve Clarke said he may shed a tear back in his hotel room after his side qualified for their first major tournament since 1998. preview image Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path C play-off final between Serbia and Scotland. 8:53 preview image 1:42 – Advertisement – “Normally, we fall at the final hurdle or we have the glorious failure, but I thought we were the better team in the game and deserved to be in front. We just couldn’t get the second goal to kill them off.“To concede then from a set play when they were throwing everybody into the box was a big setback, but you have to be so proud of the players, the way they responded to that.“That was a sore one as we were really close to where we wanted to be. The reaction was to dig in during extra time, and we managed to do that. We got to penalties and we’ve managed to produce again from the penalty spot. It’s a magnificent night for everyone in Scotland.“We said we’d try to put smiles back on faces and I hope they managed to enjoy the match as we did here in Belgrade. They can smile tomorrow.”Tearful Christie: An amazing night Christie thought he had netted the winning goal during normal time but a Luka Jovic injury-time equaliser forced extra time. The Celtic man linked the play between the lines with great maturity and this was on show for what looked to be his match-winning moment from 22 yards – a goal that would have graced any major tournament.He was replaced in the closing stages of normal time, so had to watch on from the touchline as the drama unfolded.“It is just an amazing night,” a tearful Christie said.“From the start, we kind of believed. Obviously, the last few camps we have picked up so much belief in each other. Even the way the game went tonight, conceding that late equaliser and still digging in. Penalties and you’re away from home but big Marshy again comes up. He’s unbelievable.“When you are on the pitch, you always feel like you can influence it. When you are off, you can’t watch. Those penalties are the worst thing I have ever been through. It’s just everything. Oh, I’m gone.“It is just for the whole nation. It has been a horrible year for everyone. We knew coming into the game that we could give a little something to this country. I hope everyone back home is having a party tonight because we deserve it.“We have been through so many years. We know it, you know it, everybody knows it. It’s a monkey off the back now. We are just going to move on from here.”Robertson: Most emotional I’ve beenScotland captain and Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson admitted it was “the most emotional he had been after a game” and praised his team-mates’ mentality.“I don’t think I can [sum it up]. There was so much emotion going into the game, and then you get so close and they end up equalising. You have to pick yourself up for extra-time, which we did. When you get to penalties, you always back Marshy and it’s just whether the lads can hold their nerve, and they managed to do it.“We’ve come so far with this squad and I back every one of them as they’ve come through a lot of criticism and a lot of negativity at times.“We’ve stuck together and battled through it. I really hope everyone back home can see the positive side to this as we’re absolutely delighted. I really hope that during a really tough time, we’ve managed to put a smile on a lot of faces.“It’s the most emotional I’ve been after a game but we can look forward to next summer now.”Analysis: Mitrovic was going for glory Ryan Christie poured his heart out while the usually reserved Steve Clarke admitted he may “go for a cry later” as emotions were on show after Scotland’s triumph in Serbia to qualify for Euro 2020.Scotland put their fans through the wringer as they qualified for their first major tournament since 1998 after David Marshall saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty in a shootout to send them to Euro 2020.- Advertisement –last_img read more

A changing community

first_imgThe Row is filled on a Monday night with girls in dresses and boys in dark suits headed to weekly chapter meetings. These two residential blocks on 28th Street are known for many things — blockbuster parties, all-you-can-eat fundraisers.But the Row and the students who inhabit it are often criticized for a more prevalent issue — a lack of diversity.It’s a standard stereotype. The Row is mainly white, wealthy and straight, representing an exclusive caste of society. But in the wake of nationwide criticism of Greek life — and on a campus known for its diversity — the Row is striving to create an accepting environment for all students.According to Director of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development Jenell Lanski, the Trojan Greek Community Standards define how the Greek Office should match the needs and goals of the USC community.“Diversity, inclusion and cultural competency are the standard of fraternity and sorority membership,” Lanski said in an email statement.The Standards, however, are 14 pages long and mention diversity only twice. And despite setting out a goal for leaders to “develop and broaden their knowledge of diversity,” the document is vague about how this goal can be implemented.That ambiguity leaves a lot up in the air for Greek leaders. Julian Mowatt, an executive board member for Beta Theta Pi, believes the nature of the Greek system creates an exclusive environment that is hard to escape.Mowatt is a gay, black fraternity man, an outlier on the Row. Beta has been an accepting and loving home for him. But his home on the Row is also where he has heard the most homophobic and racist language in his time at USC. He believes this is because the members of Greek life are sheltered in a homogenous community.“It’s so easy to get sucked in and never really interact with anyone who’s all that different from you,” Mowatt said. “It makes sense, those are your people, you know, your best friends. But if you don’t interact with anyone outside that environment, then you’re not really getting the full experience of understanding other people.”The houses themselves are segregated into “tiers,” which are formally ignored but widely accepted across campus. Typically, fraternities only mix with a few sororities in their tier, and vice versa, which Mowatt believes creates a sheltered environment. This system of self-segregation starts as early as recruitment.“I wouldn’t say that it’s a racist system, but it’s definitely a prejudiced system,” Mowatt said. “And we start that prejudice from the very first week in rush. It’s such a quick week, and you don’t really get to know anyone deeply during that week, but that’s what the rest of your time [in Greek life] is based on.”Throughout the country, sorority recruitment in particular draws ire, resulting in hundreds of articles criticizing the glitter-infused, kiss-blowing superficiality of the week-long selection process. Videos and pictures from the process often create a wealthy, whitewashed picture of sororities.It’s an image that the Panhellenic Council is attempting to erase from Greek culture at USC.“The University of Southern California Panhellenic Council’s mission is to create a unified, multi-faceted Greek community by empowering women to discover their fullest potential,” Panhellenic Council president Alaina Hartley said in an email statement. “One of our priorities is developing a more diverse community.”This year, the Council implemented a “Values Based” recruitment plan to attempt to create a more accepting experience for potential new members. The plan banned smaller details of the process — such as hair flips during chants and catered food on certain days — and required potential new members to wear T-shirts for the first two days.In the week before recruitment, Panhellenic released a “Panhellenic Perspectives” series highlighting women from each chapter who come from diverse backgrounds. And each chapter participated in diversity training during Rush School, focusing on issues of gender, race and sexuality in a sorority environment.These changes were made to create a more authentic vibe for a week that sophomore Delta Gamma member Carlota Rodriguez says can be overwhelming. Rodriguez rushed as a freshman, but as an international student, she entered the process completely unprepared for its intensity.After three days, Rodriguez dropped out of rush, certain that sorority life wasn’t for her. She focused on school and became an active member of the executive board of the Expat Society. But after befriending three fellow freshmen who were each in a different sororities, Rodriguez began to reconsider.The communities that attracted Rodriguez were strikingly different than what she’d seen during rush — close-knit, driven groups of women absolutely foreign to the superficiality of recruitment. She decided to give rush another shot.Since joining her sorority, many of Rodriguez’ friends have joked about her new Delta Gamma backpack, remarking that she doesn’t seem like a sorority girl. And maybe that’s true, Rodriguez said, because she certainly doesn’t fit with the image shaped by pop culture. But Rodriguez is quick to point out the Greek life at USC isn’t all like the movies.“I think most girls come into rush with this idea of what being in a sorority is like,” Rodriguez said. “And most of those [ideas] aren’t really true to what it’s really like.”The important thing, Rodriguez and Mowatt both say, is that there is good and bad to Greek life. This community provides supportive houses where members live, study, volunteer and bond with close, lifelong friends.But that community isn’t always open for everyone. And while it’s a harsh truth, Mowatt believes that by accepting it, Greek life at USC can improve and grow in the future.“I really think [the Row] can become that inclusive environment where most of the students on campus feel comfortable,” Mowatt said. “It’s not that now, but it can get there. And if you’d asked me that same question back in the ’80s, I would have said no, there’s no way. But now, I think there really is that hope for the future.”last_img read more