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Darren Fletcher looking on bright side for Scotland

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher says the “great courage” and belief his side showed to get themselves out of a nightmare scenario on Tuesday night bodes well for their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Scotland were on the verge of their most humiliating Hampden result when Liechtenstein captain Mario Frick curled home the opening goal.

Kenny Miller lashed home a volley to level in the 63rd minute but Scotland continued to labour against a team representing a nation of 35,000 inhabitants.

But Stephen McManus rescued their Euro 2012 campaign with a 97th-minute header to seal a 2-1 win and Fletcher feels the experience will make them stronger.

“It's a win, that's all that matters,” he said. “It doesn't matter if you score in the first minute or the last minute, the most important thing is winning the match for three points. I think we showed great courage all night. We showed great resilience and battled right to the end.

SFA acting chief executive George Peat has described the jeering of the Liechtenstein national anthem as “disgraceful”.

The Liechtenstein anthem, which has the same tune as God Save The Queen, was met with audible derision by some members of the Scotland support.

Peat said: “I was embarrassed and extremely disappointed by the disgraceful behaviour of some of our supporters during the Liechtenstein national anthem.

“The Scotland fans have worked hard to earn their reputation throughout the world as fun-loving and respectful followers of football. Those who chose to boo our opponents' anthem only served to tarnish that reputation.

“I apologise unreservedly to our visitors for the crass reaction to their anthem.”

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