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  1. Heard Ally McCoist doing the same job at the WC the other day.. he seem to have decided that Lawrenson is the ideal and should be replicated. He just mutters criticisms in low tones for 90 minutes. Great way to ruin any match.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Gauld: “I want to do my pre-season at Sporting. I have two years left of my contract at the club. “After that we will see. But I love Portugal, I like Portuguese football and I want to stay in this country. “I was delighted to see Aves win the Final. They worked so hard over 90 minutes and thoroughly deserved to win the Cup.” So.. staying to see whether he's in the first team plans, and shipping out if he's not i guess.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Could he end up going to everton? It was their new manager who bought gauld and put him in the sporting champions league squad. Wonder if he might still be interested in him. Problem would be that they're already pretty well stocked for attacking mids, tho Gauld can play wide, which they don't have a lot of.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Will be interesting to see what happen with Gauld this coming season. Sporting seem to have players demanding to leave left and right after fans attacked the training ground. That could push him into the first team, or could prompt him to also look for a move.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    With who on the right? Personally I'd like to see Fraser right and Robertson left. With Tierney at fullback.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    Well, I'm glad we had a conversation about it..
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    #1 FFP Buying Rhodes has pushed Sheffield Wednesday dangerously close to breaching the FFP rules, despite being reasonably thrifty in their other dealings. Championship sides do have to tread a fine line, as Aston Villa are finding out right now. This makes Rhodes basically unaffordable for the vast majority of Championship clubs. #2 Premier League Decline The bottom half of the English premier league has become a pretty terrible level of football. While they have money to burn, the clubs seem rules by fear of relegation, and so tend to set up in a highly defensive way, looking to hoof it at a fast/powerful lone striker. Arnautovic at West Ham, Gray at Watford, Vardy and Iheanacho at Leicester, Gayle at Newcastle, Wilson at Bournemouth.. the list goes on. The bottom of the prem is full of it. Desperate not to lose and hoping to win. The condensed nature of the bottom half of the Prem would seem to be testament to this not really being a good idea. It's the football of fear, and results in a race to the bottom. Very few teams in the premier league play football.. and those that do can afford much better players than Jordan Rhodes. #3 Strachan's Outlook From Strachan's teams and what he said in the press, he had a fairly similar approach to Scotland as those lower end premier league teams have. 451, with a lone striker leading the line and basically making things happen on their own. Much as Kenny Miller was tasked with doing for so many years. We've seen that that doesn't work.. and with the talent we have in midfield now, it makes sense to play 2 up top and give the midfield talent outlets which can threaten the goal. #4 They did at club level. Huddersfield did. Blackburn did. Middlesborough did, till they got promoted and they replaced him with Negredo. Wednesday put him in initially, but in a horribly defensive side that scored a frankly pathetic number of goals, which ultimately led to the manager being got rid of. The new manager inherited a disaster area with the entire starting 11 injured, so also went ultra defensive to stop the rot. Rhodes was then kept out for the last couple of months by other players being in the best form of their lives. Tbh I'm not sure what you mean by 'the player you seem to think he is'. I think he's a reliable goal scorer, proven at a certain level. The kind of guy who will make a difference when it comes to putting to bed sides like Lithuania, Georgia and probably Ireland and Poland.. since that's the level he plays at. I don't think he'll suddenly start scoring hattricks against Germany. But in the Nations League we're not playing Germany, we're just playing decent teams.. and Rhodes is really good against decent teams.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    That's literally the stupidest things anyone's ever said. Because systems and 'form' aren't things that exist.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    Rhodes still has the ability to be an important player. People tend to look at the goals column and that's it, without understanding the context. 15-16 he started out in normal scoring form for Blackburn, 9 goals in the first 15. January saw a move to Boro to try and add to their promotion push. That he did, scoring 5 with 2 assists in the closing 8 games, securing an extra 9 points and finishing above Bright on goal difference. Missions accomplished by Rhodes. Up he went to the Premier League. Unfortunately Boro continued playing 1 up and bought in Alvaro Negredo. Unsurprisingly, and without shame, he was 2nd fiddle to the Spain international. Ended up going out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday. Sheffield Wednesday didn't suit him under Carlos Carvalhal. Fans were disgruntled by the overly defensive approach, including the manager himself admitting that in some games they just didn't try and win in the first half, often against seemingly poor opposition. While Wednesday finished 4th, the stats speak for themselves. The top scorer had 12, the 3rd top had 6. In terms of the league, only 3 teams in the top 14 scored fewer goals than Wednesday that season. It was very negative football and was ultimately the reason that Carvalhal left. This season just gone began under Carvalhal and Rhodes didn't feature for many of the games, often restricted to 5-10 minute sub appearances and he's evidently not good at making a difference off the bench. In games where he played a decent number of minutes tho, he tended to do well. 4 goals from the 8 games he played over a hour, which is back to his old scoring numbers. In comes a new manager around Xmas, against a backdrop of a squad decimated by injuries, and he went full defensive, 5 at the back, to stop losing games. Wednesday scored just 2 goals in the first 5 games under him. From there Rhodes was simply kept out by the form of other strikers. Joao's pace made a difference in a defensive lineup, and Nuhiu's physicality was a good foil for him. Joao scored 7 in 11, Nuhiu finished the season with 9 in his last 8 games. Again, Rhodes on the bench despite not really doing anything wrong, you just can't argue with that kind of scoring form. So overall, I don't think there's any honest concern over Rhodes' form. When he plays, he still scores. The problem for him is that he wasn't playing, and that needs to change this season. He's shown from the time at Boro that he'd rather be playing than sitting on the bench, taking a paycut to join Wednesday. I imagine he'll either move this summer or force his way into the starting lineup. if he doesn't he'll move in January for sure. The obstacles for him are other strikers in form. Not just Joao and Nuhiu, but Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall and potentially Marco Matias. All of those are fighting for 1 or 2 striking spots, which is crazy. Tbh I'd seriously consider taking Rhodes for Scotland, as is. We need more threat in attack. Maybe I'm just bummed from having watched McBurnie and Phillips battle on their own, isolated up front over the last 2 games, and our 1 goal in the last 5. Clearly Rhodes hasn't suddenly become a bad player, and witht he delivery of Andy Roberston he seems like the ideal guy to have on the end of it. Looks a decent side to me: Griffiths - Rhodes Robertson - Armstrong - McGregor - McTominay - Paterson Tierney - McKenna - Hendry Gordon
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    Think it's too soon for Hornby, we could do him more damage than good by putting him in right now, not to mention what it would do to the other strikers we have available. If you're McBurnie who's just had a really good loan spell, scoring goals at championship level and will likely be the first choice striker in that league next term, and you get bombed out the squad for an 18 year old who's not scored a senior goal and only has 140 minutes of real football to his name.. how's that for a kick in the teeth? McBurnie did alright so far, was unlucky not to score, and we need a senior option in case Griffiths in unavailable (Phillips is not it for me). Hopefully this is the season that Rhodes gets back on track, he kind of has to for his career. Either moving club or doing so at Wednesday that well he's undroppable. McCormack is back from Australia I think, so it'll be interesting to see what he does. Probably the only player to find the net regularly over the last year. WIll be good to get him back at a decent level, even tho age is against him a bit now. Fletch still has a few seasons in him i think, he's a better option than Phillips, but he's not going to score a lot of meaningful goals, he's shown that already in his 31 caps. For me we stick with Griff and McBurnie, possibly with Fletch or Russell as back up. If McCormack or Rhodes can find their feet in the Championship in the coming season, so much the better.
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    Scottish player transfers

    I'd like to see him at Palace. Well, I don't want to watch Palace ever, but it'd be a good move for him. It's not like he plays 90 minutes week in week out at Celtic, so if he can make that the case at Palace then great. It'd also do him good as a player to be up against people better than him, which at Celtic doesn't happen much, maybe 6 times a season if they're lucky.
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    Toulon Tournament

    Actually really happy watching some of our younger players, and how comfortable on the ball they are. Are we're starting to see some of what the SFA put in place under Levein? In 3-4 years, if all goes to plan then the idea of a midfield with Gilmour, Gauld, McTominay, Michael Johnston, and Oli Burke would be a joy to watch. Pie in the sky stuff right now and plenty of time for things to go wrong, but to have players that comfortable with the ball would be lovely. Of course, people like Fraser, Morgan, Armstrong and McGregor etc aren't going anywhere in that time, so is likely to be our strongest area of the pitch for a long time to come. Defense is improving, and there's even some young strikers who might come thru in the next few years (McBurnie, Hardie, Hornby, Shaw). Feeling like the futures bright, even tho I'm not enamoured with McLeish's current custodianship.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    Discount is a bit heavy, if we're naming a 28 man squad I'd have him in it. Cairney was really poor against Costa Rica.. He was the main attacking outlet in central midfield and was utterly absent. I'm writing him off, that would be silly given that he's been a consistent performer at club level for a few years, but he certainly didn't take his opportunity. We'll see how he gets on in the Premier League next year, hopefully he excels and pushes into our starting lineup. Right now he's on the bench imo. As for McGinn I had hopes for, but he's now 9 caps deep and really isn't showing the ability to make a difference at this level. Watching the Peru and Mexico games, he seemed well out of his depth, constantly giving the ball away and making bad decision after bad decision. He was a bit of an auto-include in the squad under Strachan, but having now had quite a few chances he just doesn't look good enough. Good for the SPrem, but not for international. He'll be 24 in a few months, so I'd leave him out and let him use it as motivation. Bannan's only played in 2 of our last 11 games. Centrally in the win in Slovakia, where he looked good and out of position on the left in Slovenia, where he looked average. His club form since returning from injury has been excellent, and if we want a central player who can come off the bench and make something happen, then I think he's as good an option as we have, outside McGregor who is probably a starter anyway. I'd ask how many other creative attacking mids do we have?
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    Scottish player transfers

    Jordan Rhodes has been linked with a loan move to Rangers or Norwich City. Dont think Rangers have the money. McBurnie has been linked to Rangers as well. I think it's more likely he'll be 1st choice at Swansea. McGinn to Villa.. but VIlla might not have the money. Can't even confirm they can afford to keep Bruce as manager. Lewis Morgan is being pursued by Sunderland on loan. Tierney was attracting interest from Atletico Madrid apparently. Callum McGregor is being chased by 3 EPL clubs: Newcastle, Watford, and Bournemouth.. McArthur interesting Rangers, Cardiff and Villa. He seems happy at Palace, only Cardiff seems possible of the 3. Snodgrass is interesting Cardiff, but you'd have to imagine he'll see if he can impress pellegrini first. Matt Philips to Wolves. Chris Martin to QPR, probably just speculation. That's all i've got so far.
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    Increasing the playing pool and squad for September

    I'd like Shinnie in future squads. He looked to have the temperament for international football. While our first choice midfield 3 might be McTominay, Armstrong, McGregor (or something), Having Shinning to bring on for McGregor to see a game out seems like a good option to have.
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