Scotland were majorly disappointed to have missed out on yet another opportunity to qualify for a major tournament when they failed to progress through their group in the lead up to Russia 2018.
Failure to qualify for the World Cup this summer means Scotland have not participated in a major tournament since France 1998; a tormenting time for nation.
Despite this, Scotland's efforts in the latter half of the qualifying campaign left the Tartan Army with some positive feelings.
After years of poor performances, the team finally looked to be taking shape under Gordon Strachan, with a new generation of players seemingly inspiring the team to better results and stronger, collective team efforts.
With the SFA looking to appoint a new manager in the coming weeks and months, whoever is brought in probably has the best options in terms of squad selection of any Scotland manager in the last decade.
Three players in particular are right at the heart of this new generation of Scottish youngsters, although one of them is yet to be capped, and will be hoping to be the ones to fire their country through qualification to Euro 2020.
The three individuals are as follows:
Andrew Robertson - Liverpool
Andrew Robertson, 23, earned a move to Liverpool in the summer and has gone from strength to strength since joining the Premier League giants. It is so typical of Scotland that they have been longing for a young figurehead to lead the way for the new generation, only for two to emerge at the same time, both playing in the same position.
Despite having to wait for his chance, Robertson has thrived since earning the chance to start in place of Alberto Moreno and his dedicated performances have quickly led him to be a massive hit with the Anfield faithful.
Plying his trade at a top Premier League club, not since the days of Darren Fletcher have Scotland had a regular starter for a team in the top six, and Robertson's exposure to this level of football can only bode well for his national team.
Kieran Tierney - Celtic
Kieran Tierney is Scotland's new generation of footballer personified. The Celtic youngster has captained both his club and country by the tender age of 20 and continues to impress week in, week out as one of the club's finest performers.
With over 100 Celtic appearances and nine Scotland caps, the left-back is undoubtedly one of Europe's finest young talents and the youngster has not failed to impress in the Champions League either, despite often being part of a Celtic side suffering heavy defeats.
To accommodate both Tierney and Robertson into the side, former national team coach Gordon Strachan opted to deploy the Celtic youngster on the right, which is testament to his versatility and clear quality.
The two-time PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year looks like the perfect mould for a future Scotland captain.
Scott McTominay - Manchester United
Despite having never been capped by Scotland, Lancaster born Scott McTominay's desire to play for the Scotland national team will be music to the ears of the Tartan Army.
This season, the midfielder has begun to break through the ranks at Manchester United and is clearly highly rated by Jose Mourinho. At 6ft 4in, the youngster is a massive presence in central-midfield. Physical presence around the park is something which Scotland has greatly missed in recent years and, with Scott Brown nearing the end of his career, McTominay will likely have a huge role to play for the Scots in the coming years.
Training alongside and learning from the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic at United will only help the youngster's game, and he will surely have his heart set on emulating a certain other former United Scot in Fletcher, who captained both club and country on plenty of occasions.