Ally McCoist pinpointed a need for Scotland to improve up front ahead of next year’s World Cup after bowing out of Euro 2020.
Steve Clarke’s men faced Croatia on Tuesday, with both sides needing a win to qualify for the knockout stage.
However, Zlatko Dalic’s side took the spoils as Nikola Vlasic put them ahead on 17 minutes.
Scotland needed to win against Croatia to qualify for the knockout stage – but fell to a 3-1 loss
Goals from Nikola Vlasic, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic helped Zlatko Dalic’s men finish second
Ally McCoist feels the Tartan Army need a greater threat in attack ahead of Qatar 2022
Callum McGregor drove home from 18 yards just before half time to send most of the fans at Hampden Park wild.
But Croatia got their noses in front once more after the break, with Luka Modric producing a superb outside-of-the-foot strike before Ivan Perisic headed home his ninth major tournament goal to round things off.
McCoist, speaking to ITV, was level-headed in his analysis, but identified areas where the Tartan Army must strengthen ahead of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.
‘There’s been an improvement. At the same time, (we) need to improve,’ he admitted.
‘Where we’ve lacked is a real quality in forward areas, whether it’s somebody who can beat someone take the man on, create something or indeed a goalscorer of a top-class quality.
‘There was some encouraging points, but effectively last night we more than met our match against a Croatia team who left their best of three performances to the last match. They were superb. Modric was unbelievable and ran the show.
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‘(It’s a) glorious failure once again, but I think we’ve had a far better group than we’ve had for a number of years, with a number of players at the top level, and we’re finding one or two guys who can hopefully come in and mix it with them such as (Billy) Gilmour. Disappointing end to the campaign, but a bit of hope for Qatar.’
Gilmour was one of the bright sparks for the side in the tournament, but he was forced to self-isolate on Monday, three days after a man-of-the-match display against England.