Euro 2016: A Scottish poet's thoughts

The wait is almost over.

The European Championship “kicks-off” on Friday night and for the first time 24 teams will compete in the month-long competition.

England, Northern Ireland and Wales are there, the Republic of Ireland too.

But spare a thought for Scotland.

A Scotland fan looking dejected in the stands

Gordon Strachan’s team are the only home nation who failed to qualify for the tournament in France.

So in the name of true impartiality, Newsbeat asked Glasgow-based poet Liam McCormick to give his take on the chances of his country’s neighbours.

Liam is just one of the spoken word artists who’s worked with BBC Radio 1Xtra during its Words First season.

Hear his performance at the finale on 1Xtra on Thursday 16 June from 7pm.

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