The result in Scotland last week has damaged the chances of the Irish team qualifying for Euro 2016. Following the end of all matches on Sunday, I glanced at the groups and have to say that Ireland are in a particularly strong, if not the strongest, qualification group. This is in spite of the fact the Boys In Green were placed in the 2nd Seed pot when the draw was made in Nice last February.
Following the result last week, I'm now very worried about our qualification prospects. In fact, if I'm honest, I don't think the Irish team will make the play-off spot (3rd).
Our FIFA ranking supports this view. I know people often claim the rankings are meaningless but overall they do a fairly good job at estimating the current strength of a nation. (Click here for an explanation of how the rankings are calculated). Below is Ireland's world ranking from 2000 to 2014.