In Pictures: How Denny’s young pupils discovered the pain of being Scotland fans

School lessons were put on hold today as pupils across Falkirk district got to see Scotland's return to the Euro 2020 finals – and maybe the maths books might have been more fun!

Monday, 14th June 2021, 5:28 pm
P6B pupils at Denny Primary got to watch the opening gamer today ... but it didn't end well as the Scots went down to defeat. (Pic: Michael Gillen)

After a huge build up, it was something of a let down, and an introduction to these youngsters of the agony that comes as part of following our national team.

These P6B pupils at Denny Primary donned their national strips, wrapped themselves in flags and painted their faces with saltires as they cheered on the team – and they got right behind them from the kick-off..Alas, the Scots lost their opening game 2-0 to the Czech Republic, even conceding a goal lobbed from the halfway line.

But they’ll be back!

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Flying the flag ... and watching nervously as the game between Scotland and the Czech re[public gets underway at Hampden. (Pic: Michael Gillen)

England beckon at Wembley when we will hope and dream and again.

Let’s hope for a better outcome!

Get in! The game certainly caught the imagination, and enthusiasm, of the youngsters at Denny Primary (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Getting right behind the team - youngsters with one of the many Scottish flags brought into the classroom for the big game. (Pic: Michael Gillen)
I can't look! Another chance goes begging for the national team, and it's almost too much for some young fans! (Pic: Michael Gillen)
The analysis begins as things start to unravel on the pitch for the national team in their bid for a winning start to Euro2020 (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Head in hands, nails bitten ... and looking away unable to watch, all familiar expressions for fans who follow the national team (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Wrapped in a saltire flag, watching events unfold at Hampden. (Pic: Picture Michael Gillen)
As well as flags and strips, many youngsters sported saltires on their faces (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Up out of their seats urging the team on - in hope of a late rally to salvage a result. Alas ... (Pic: Michael Gillen)
A whole range of emotions as the young pupils watch the match live in their classroom (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Going through the emotional wringer is part and parcel of being a a Scottish football fan ... as these youngsters found out today! (Pic: Michael Gillen)
A smile and a saltire ass this youngster supports Scotland on their return to the big stage after 23 years. (Pic: Michael Gillen)
The class are glued to the TV set as the long awaited game gets underway. (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Flying a flag in class and willing on your team even as the clock ticks and defeat is looming. (Pic: Michael Gillen)
Great to se the youngsters supporting their national team (Pic: Michael Gillen)
All set for the big game - let's hope the next match brings a better result! (Pic: Michael Gillen)