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      PLEASE READ: TAMB is not closing!   10/12/2017

      Just to provide an update on the future of the Tartan Army Message Board. To be clear the board will not be closing and instead will be staying open and will hopefully go from strength to strength. Who Are We? We are a group of Scotland supporters who have varied skills and expertise, along with experience of  being involved in football and running football message boards. When we heard the TAMB faced closure, we contacted the old team with a detailed plan which involved financing and running the board. After speaking to the old team on a number of occasions they have allowed us to put our plan into action. While speaking to them and going on their experience and that of those before them, we have elected to keep our identity private, however rest assured we have the best intentions for the board and those on it. Our Plans. Our plan will involve a number of stages which we hope will not only keep the board going but help improve and rejuvenate it. Our first step will be to do a bit of a clean-up of the board. This will involve some downtime for a few hours where posting will be disabled. We plan to do this early next week, a full notice will be posted on the board then. Once that is completed we will be upgrading the current board platform, both behind the scenes and hopefully aesthetically too. There will be an ongoing process of board improvements which we hope you, the user will help us with, so you have a board you will enjoy We thank the old board team for all their hard work, dedication and their help during this handover and hope you will all help support our plans going forward.

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  1. Friendly Next Month

    Any reason for a Thursday night game? Surely a Saturday afternoon kick off would have been more suitable. Hopefully some of the Aberdeen guys and players that haven't yet made the full transition from U21s (Fraser, McKay, Cummings) get a chance.
  2. Next Scotland Manager ?

    I didn't have faith in the SFA to sack him/not renew his contract, and am pleasantly surprised they have decided to change, but I have little faith in them getting it right - whatever that means. I think they will appoint Moyes. i would prefer that we appointed one of the following ridiculous scenarios: 1) Northern Ireland and/or the Republic of Ireland go out in the play offs and either Michael or Martin O'Neill become available. I'm not advocating their philosophy/style of play, but they get the best out of their 'limited resources' and know how to organise a team, something Strachan has failed to do. Some of the Irish results away from home are envious - Hungary, Greece (NI) Germany, Austria, Wales (RoI). 2) A 'godfather' of Scottish football type appointment - Sir Alex, Walter Smith, Kenny Dalglish - with a younger former international as assistant - John Collins, Gary McAllister, David Weir, even Ally McCoist. 3) A 'godfather' of Scottish football type appointment as above, but with a younger Scottish manager/coach as assistant to be mentored for the role in a few years - Derek McInnes the obvious choice, Neill McCann, Steven Pressley etc. 4) Go foreign. Hiddink, Van Gaal, De Boer, Blanc all available, Advocaat and Laagerback should be consulted. Lars Olsen has been mentioned on other posts. All of the above would of course be dependent on the SFAs actual willingness to change and progress.
  3. End of the Road for.....

    Not basing it on anything in particular, but I wouldn't be surprised if Allan McGregor called it a day. Hasn't really been first choice since Strachan came in. I know keepers can play until they're 40 etc but he might be fed up being second/third choice. There doesn't appear to be an 'obvious' choice once Gordon, McGregor and Marshall are finished which worries me.
  4. Thanks Gordon

    Poland away was a decent point but we could have gone for all three had he not taken off his two forwards and replaced them with Darren Fletcher and Chris Martin. Poland at home was almost the same. On both occasions Ireland were taking points off of Germany. Ireland away was criminal - dropping Anya, starting Ritchie and Forsyth. We could have ended their qualification hopes there and then, instead he ended ours. He hasn't learned on how to build on a lead, he would rather sit on it and wait it out. Too many dropped points from winning positions or winnable games.
  5. Strachan's gone

    I like this, Denmark captain when they won the Euros? Its about eight years too late but Lagerback would be my preferred choice, although he has just taken on the Norway job. Hiddink, Van Gaal, Laurent Blanc, Frank de Boer all out of work but I can't see any being interested (and I'm not even convinced by my latter two suggestions). I would be asking Scot Gemmill to take charge of a November friendly (he'll be working with the u21s anyway) and see how the Irish get on in their play-offs; I'd like to see if either O'Neill would be tempted.
  6. Strachan's gone

    Luke Shanley on Sky has just said there will be a friendly next month likely to be at Pittodrie.
  7. Strachan's gone

    Confirmed by SFA
  8. Who Will Chuck It? Who Will Breakthrough?

    Said this on another thread, see how these three develop over the season and give them a chance in end of season friendlies. Didnt realise Liam Lindsay was playing for Barnsley regularly, he should be getting a call up. Murray Wallace at Scunny too. John Souttar and Mikey Devlin the only other two in the SPFL I can think of. Will only know if they are good enough if they're given a chance.
  9. How bad are Bannan and Mcarthur?

    Thought McArthur was really poor tonight. Over the past two games I've felt the whole team were holding back from tackling. McGregor probably should have started in place of an injured Morrison. I still think both Bannan and McArthur can contribute in the next campaign but neither are going to be starters.
  10. To stay or go?

    He has to go. Simple as that. Dublin was the turning point in the last campaign for me. He's done well to turn this campaign around, but drawing with Lithuania at home was criminal. Blinded by loyalty, picking the same team that beat Malta. Got his team and subs wrong tonight. My worry is that "there's no one to replace him", but that's not a good enough reason to keep him.
  11. Euro 2020.

    This. Drop anyone over the age of 30. Don't bin them completely but these will be guys that have been part of at least 3 failed campaigns now. Give them time to reflect, and find future replacements. Develop a relationship down the left flank between Robertson and Tierney, they're going to be there for a long time. Build the team around them, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths. There are bound to be players that are in the U21s that could get some senior experience - Oliver Burke the obvious example. Try out some of the younger goalkeepers to see if they're good enough - Clark at St johnstone, Fox at Ross County, Bain at Dundee and Archer at Millwall the only ones I can think of. Use the SPFL players. Shinnie, McLean, Christie all doing well at Aberdeen, Souttar at Hearts a possible CB option? Ryan Jack at Rangers can do a job in midfield. The likes of Ross McCrorie, Anthony Ralston and Scott McKenna have had game time in recent weeks in defence, lets see how they develop over this season and maybe involve them in the senior set up in the pre-World Cup friendlies (assuming someone wants us). Look at the EFL, if Mulgrew can get a game anyone can! Murray Wallace at Scunny, John Fleck at Sheffield Utd both very well thought of. Draft in Barrie McKay and Jason Cummings. Tom Cairney and Kev McDonald at Fulham. Probably a lot more with little or no international recognition. I'm not saying these players will all make a difference or make it at international level, but we need to use every opportunity to try out new players and build new partnerships. Otherwise how will we know they're good enough? We'll always have a fear of throwing someone into a qualifier if they've not got a few games underneath their belt. Try 3 at the back, try 2 up front. Try anything.
  12. How do we approach tomorrows game?

    Similar to Lithuania away, hit them from the start, shoot on sight. Kill it off early.
  13. Play off table

    Ronaldo on for Portugal at half time so it won't stay that way for long. Switzerland have a 100% record so far, probably deserve to qualify to be fair.
  14. Play off table

    Was just about to say they were playing quite decent on a really poor pitch
  15. Team for Slovenia

    For all his faults, Steven Whittaker is a natural right full back and is in the squad. Bombs are at times but experience could be useful.