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  1. Strachan's gone

    It was just after we chucked Burley but George Peat wanted Levein. Iceland have thanked us ever since.
  2. Strachan "stay" or "go" vote

    Go! He is judged on whether or not we qualified, not six games. We failed to even get a playoff place in two campaigns, one of them for a tournament that nearly half of Europe qualified for. Whilst I get that we have improved over the last six games, it has come too late after an appalling start to the campaign and his tactics and substitutions in Slovenia were baffling. The genetics deflection tactics were baffling. And I don't buy this "but there's nobody better" pish, what a weak argument! There are plenty of talented coaches/managers out there who could take this side to a major finals by playing players on form and not persisting by names who are on the books of English clubs. The side needs tweaking and introduce fresh blood into the squad. Do we seriously trust that Stubborn Strachan will do that?
  3. Jackie Guardiola must be ruing the day it was made public he profited on player sales in the wake of allowing Armstrong and MacKay-Steven to go to their League Cup Final opponents.
  4. Friendlies - Who To Playbefore The Wc Group?

    Before the World Cup qualifiers
  5. Friendlies - Who To Playbefore The Wc Group?

    We'll probably play Sweden or Denmark in one of the friendlies.
  6. Next Game

    No doubt there will be at least one friendly in November.
  7. So Losing To Georgia

    Georgia was, ultimately, the killer but settling for a draw in Dublin against an Ireland team on their knees at that point instead of going for the win has to be looked at too. The fans who celebrated that result like we'd just drawn with the World Champions need to look at themselves too.
  8. I Hope Strachen Stays

    I'd prefer Strachan to stay, despite the last four matches think he deserves another chance to put it right for the next campaign and we need stability. However, if he chooses to walk I won't be too upset either, my only worry is we'll go down the route of which Scot wants the job and is a cheap option rather than go for the best man for the job. The sooner we broaden our horizons and think outside the box the better, not every foreign manager is a Berti Vogts, the fact we snubbed Lagerback for Levein still annoys me.
  9. Ssc Membership / Ticket Prices 2018

    I'll renew my membership but will be picking and choosing my games again, not buying a season ticket.
  10. Major Personnel Changes.

    Forrest and S Fletcher were our best players, didn't think I'd say that! D Fletcher and Whittaker were abysmal.
  11. Hampden Traffic....

    Germany game, it took us an hour ten mins just to get onto the M74. Last night, parked at the Clutha and walked there. Walk back was 40mins, much quicker!
  12. Team On Sunday

    Griffiths and Rhodes up front, may bring in Johnny Russell too.
  13. Over the last 18 years when we've tried and failed to qualify for a major tournament, the most used and infuriating excuses are "we've had bad luck" and "Ach we're just a wee nation". It's about time we got a reality check and accept we simply haven't been good enough! Relying on luck is definitely a weak argument and Strachan again talked about deflected goals. Yes, some games have seen luck desert us but, overall, you make your own luck and we've not done enough. Poland and Ireland both beat Germany, we lost to Georgia - that's the reason why we have missed out again. This "wee nation" pish can also do one. Iceland have just dispelled that myth completely, as have Northern Ireland. So many nations have developed whilst we've stood still being stuck in our ways. Some parts of the country to be fair are changing their youth structure but that can take years before we see any real progress and other parts still insist on the "tried and tested" methods that only hold back our game. It doesn't matter if you are a country of 5 million, 50 million or 300k, if you have the players and coaching staff you have a chance of qualifying. Another thing we need to lose is this settling for a draw carry on. Scotland fans celebrating a draw in Dublin was embarrassing and the team playing for a point was even worse. To qualify, you need to target victories against your closest rivals first. We can argue all we want that we didn't lose to Poland and Ireland, but we didn't beat Poland either and we lost a game away to a pot five team with the mentality of "we don't need to win" whilst our rivals went there and cleaned up. We need a winning mentality, not "a draw will do" one. Interestingly, the last time Scotland claimed maximum points against the bottom two seeded teams was Euro 96. Tells its own story.
  14. Will We Get Fined?

    Were they ! They are dangerous and if Poland fans throw one in our support and it hits someone, that person ends up in A&E with multiple burns.