Photo: Gordon Strachan consoles Celtic's Leigh Griffiths after Scotland heartbreak; Barry Bannan also deflated

One picture including Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan sums up Scotland's disappointment after their draw with Slovenia.

Scotland's latest attempt at qualifying for the World Cup has perhaps been the most painful of recent times after they got themselves to within touching distance of a play-off place, only to fall at the final hurdle.

It was not a perfect performance from Gordon Strachan's men by any means, but they did put themselves in an ideal position to wrap up second spot in their qualifying group as Leigh Griffiths continued his fantastic season for Celtic and Scotland by scoring an excellent volley just after the half-hour mark to give the Scots a lead they simply needed to hold onto to reach the play-offs.

However, Slovenia scored twice in the second-half to turn the game on its head, meaning that Robert Snodgrass' late well-taken equaliser was still not enough to stop Slovakia taking second spot.

It was an agonising night for a Scotland side that had done so well to get themselves back in contention to reach the World Cup finals in Russia next year in the games leading up to tonight. 

And one photo involving Celtic's Griffiths perhaps best sums up the pain that the Scots will be feeling after the draw as he is consoled by Strachan, with Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan also struggling to hide his pain in the background. 

And there is no question that the pain felt by the likes of Griffiths and Bannan is being felt amongst the rest of the squad and the country as another major tournament is now set to take place without Scotland involved. 

Head coach Gordon Strachan (top) comforts Leigh Griffiths of Scotland after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08, 2017 in...Head coach Gordon Strachan (top) comforts Leigh Griffiths with Barry Bannan in the background

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