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If you could make ONE change right now in Scottish football that would have the biggest long-term positive impact what would it be?
Sack Gordon Strachan?
While I have found some of his inclusions, selections, formations  and media comments frustrating, baffling and ultimately extremely disappointing with regards to results who am I to tell him how to do it better? Are we under performing at present? YES but Strachan is only the man who selects a team a few times a year, he is not the reason we are failing.
Scrap the Academy …

The potential sale of Ryan Gauld shows that Scottish football is progressing. With the sale of James McCarthy in September 2013 for £2 million there were thoughts of ‘oh a small club with 1 good player’. But no, the mistake people make is they assume because the league is small there is no quality or the lame excuse ‘its a two club league’ (Celtic/Rangers). Having watched the demise of Hearts and Hibernian, then the takeover of both clubs you can see there is a new club style in …

Nigeria 2-2 Scotland
If World Cup qualification was decided by atmosphere and vociferous fan support, then Scotland would have qualified for the World Cup comfortably. This is precisely the sort of comment which Scotland fans are sick of hearing. As it is, Scotland are bereft of the skill, endeavour and squad depth to match many stronger nations.
Gordon Strachan is the man tasked with leading the Scots to their first major tournament since 1998. Thanks to Strachan, positivity reigns for the first time since Alex McLeish’s James McFadden inspired side topped their …

 

Levein has gone and not before time. Two disastrous campaigns filled with mismanagement and more than peculiar decisions was enough to finally force the hand of the totally inept blazers at Hampden.
Despite the protestations of his players and Levein’s plea for more time it was the Tartan Army that had the final say and they had enough of another under performing national team boss.
His successor should be decided soon although this is in no way certain under the steward ship of the SFA.
Strachan is favourite with all and sundry but I would choose Scotland’s …

March 10th 2011 – London’s Emirates Stadium will host yet another glamorous international fixture on March 27th when Scotland take on five-time World Cup winners Brazil. The game is being played as part of the Brazil World Tour and is anticipated to attract a sell out crowd.
This is the 10th time the two teams have met in both competitive and friendly fixtures with Scotland looking to secure their first victory against the South American giants. Brazil is clearly intent on maintaining their unbeaten record against the Tartan Army with manager …

Craig Levein named a youthful and mainly English based squad of 22 today  for the coming games in the Carling Nations Cup (also called the Celtic Cup).
All of the home nations (barring England) will compete in a round robin competition of 6 games starting February 8 and February 9 and finishing at the end of May.
Levein has handed first call ups to Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Chris Maguire (Aberdeen) and Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United) and seems confident of his squads chances in the tournament saying :
“From day one my intention was …

In a testament to how dull and insular Scottish Football can truly be another “scandal” has reached its natural zenith in Caledonia. The tediously named “Ref-Gate” fur ore has been gently simmering for the past few months with Celtic and Neil Lennon in particular stoking the flames to over boiling point.
The end result is today’s announcement that Scotland’s first grade officials intend to strike in response to the “Avalanche of flack” they have received in recent times. They cite a concern for public safety (a recognized hazard of the profession …

Goals from Danny Wilson, Kris Commons and Jamie Mackie, all in the first-half, gave Craig Levein his third win from his seven matches as Scotland boss, against the Faroe Islands at Pittodrie.
Levein was forced into nine changes on Monday to his squad after a number of injuries picked up over the weekend’s games. Craig Gordon returned in goal, Danny Wilson made his international debut along with Barry Bannan who started in midfield and has put himself in Craig Levein’s long-term plans after an excellent display.

After an early wake-up call when …

It’s a no-win situation for Scotland manager Craig Levein tomorrow night as his depleted side takes on Brian Kerr’s Faroe Islands at Pittdorie.
The timing of the friendly has come under criticism from many domestic managers with most teams facing a grueling domestic schedule at this time of year.
Levein has been forced into a number of changes for tomorrow’s game and the Scotland boss was faced with even more problems when there were 9 extra call-offs after this weekend’s fixtures. Rangers boss Walter Smith requested that Levein left out a few …

 
Scotland’s 3-0 humbling at the hands of Sweden on Wednesday night served as a reminder of the task ahead if they are to qualify for their first major tournament since France 1998.
Craig Levein may take cold comfort from the fact that it was only a “meaningless friendly” but the ease in which his defence was ripped apart should be a worry.
A largely inexperienced back four of Broadfoot Kenneth, Berra, Wallace found it difficult to match the mobility of Sweden and their returning hero Zlatan Ibrahimovich. The Barcelona striker slotted home …