Scotland coach Steven Reid believes there is no coincidence that results have improved as the squad has grown together off the pitch.

Steve Clarke's side go into Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off final against Serbia on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run.

It is a far cry from the early days of Clarke’s reign when, after a last-gasp opening win over Cyprus, Scotland conceded 13 goals in four consecutive defeats in European Qualifiers against Russia and Belgium.

Clarke and his coaching staff have gradually turned around that fragile confidence and former Republic of Ireland international Reid has sensed the feelgood factor growing every time they meet up.

Reid said: "I think every camp, there seems to be a progression – the confidence, the togetherness, the excitement to be in the camp.

"The manager wanted to get a bit of club-type feel to the international set-up. That’s what I felt as a player myself at international level, you wanted to come away and feel more like a club than a group of players who had been chucked together and not necessarily always looking forward to it.

"The feel has been good. I think the players are enjoying meeting up every single camp and that has just progressed and progressed and there is no surprise, when that happens, you start getting positive results."

Reid, now working at Nottingham Forest under Chris Hughton, added: "At the start it took a little while to get going. There were a few difficult results and maybe not the feeling of excitement meeting up, which can happen sometimes with national teams.

"I have spoken to many international players as player and a coach at the clubs I have been at and there’s not always an enjoyment at going away.

"But I genuinely feel that now the lads are looking forward to seeing each other, there’s more of a willingness to meet up and come up at every single camp, and I think when you get that you have got a chance of success.

"The lads enjoy spending time together. Despite one or two injuries and the Covid situation, it’s been a pretty settled squad for quite a while now and that can only help in enhancing that togetherness. It seems to be in a good place at this moment."

After the gradual improvement, the confidence within the squad and wider belief in the group took a significant leap when Scotland beat Israel on penalties after a tight 120 minutes at Hampden last month.

Since then they have consolidated their position in top spot in Nations League Group B2 with wins over Slovakia and Czech Republic to set themselves up for a huge encounter in Serbia.

"That penalty shoot-out was a big moment but I was actually surprised how calm I felt personally when it was going on," Reid said.

"There was a calmness going round seeing who was going to the takers, obviously we had done our work on the training ground as well.

"I don’t know abut the players but I felt pretty calm and controlled and obviously the lads were as well because they took five great penalties."