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  1. borojock

    Match Thread - Costa Rica

    So under A new Manager With a new coaching staff Implementing a new formation With new tactics Performed by a lot of new players And played in a friendly match And we dont get instant success resulting in a ton of negativity. People been shouting about trying the new players and doing something different if we are to do this there will be a learning period where we will have bad performances and bad results but its about heading in the right direction. Look at Wales under speed / coleman and N.I. under O'Neil there first 10 to 15 results were terrible but the team and manager was afforded this learning period and the long term results rewarded their patience. Its not where we are in the next 5 games its the direction and cultural change were implementing and were we are in the next 15 games The harsh reality is we don't have any world class players we don't even have any top players. Our best player is a good player and hes a left back which any decent team should be able to neutralize. And most of our players play in a very poor league, the SPL. To be fair McLeish is trying something new and different and hopefully there is a lot of learning points to take away from this. In friendlies the only bad performances and results and the ones we dont learn from. Yes it was a hard game to watch with little positivity. My biggest concern was the lack of energy, passion and drive. Even watching the players in the tunnel and lined up for the national anthems they didnt look like they were up for it absolutely no energy which showed in the first 20 mins. We really missed Browns leadership off the pitch and drive on it
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    Angus Gunn

    cant see it happening myself, although it is a position that we could do with a keeper of his quality at his age
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    Players we have given up on

    I never really though Jack Harper would make it, only reason he got the airtime was he was at a big name club and the churn they go through and the small % that make it is frightening. Gauld, Burke and Mallan all have something about them and young enough to still grow into the player we hope with a couple of seasons of first team football at a decent level at a decent club with good manager, coaching staff and training facilities they could all still make it but next season will be major for all - i wouldnt right any off just yet. Only thing with Burke he looks lazy and immature off the ball
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    Scottish Players in action 17/18

    For me doesnt have the pace or skill to go past a player in a wider role of a 4=2=3=1 but has the shooting and threading a bill skill in a more central role in a narrowish 3 upfront
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    Squad and new players

    My thoughts on squad for next 2 years rather than the 2 games. With a new manager, coaching staff and changing of the guard with some of the older players leaving us and newer ones coming in i think its time to try a new formation, weve tried 4-2-3-1 and its various forms for a long time with no success so lets try something brand new. With 2 friendlies now and 3 or 4 at the end of the season these 5 or 6 games are the perfect time to bed it in. I would go for a formation of below i think its the best way to deal with weak center backs, tierney/robertson issues and the lack of right backs GK CB CB CB RWB CM CM LWB AM AM ST Squad for next 2 years would be GK - Gordon, Marshall, Archer CB - Martin, Mulgrew, Berra, Tierney, Hanley, Lindsay RWB - Fraser, Paterson CM - McDonald, MacArthur, McTominay, McGinn LWB - Robertson, Douglas AM - Armstrong, Cairney, Ritchie, Phillips ST - Griffiths, McBurnie, Martin (this one due to lack of alternatives) Please feel free to rip it to shreds but if you do it would be great to hear what you would do different in terms of tactics or players
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    When Strachen came out with the Scottish Genetics comment i took it as he meant something different. I felt he was trying to imply that we haven't benefited from positive immigration which many countries have such as Belgium, France and England to name just a few. If you look through Belgiums first team squad i bet a load of them are first generation Belgium's.
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    First job for mcleish....

    Here Here
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    First job for mcleish....

    Would love to read the article do you have a link for it by any chance The fact that he has met both Southgate and McLeish shouts to me that he has no real strong feelings to either nation and will probably go with the team that he feels will give him the best chance of playing in a world cup or euro
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    Angus Gunn

    On the bigger subject i think we do need to be a bit cuter and structured with dual citizen players at a younger age group. We need to identify players in Scotland that could play for someone else and those in England that could play for us and send a someone with a name and reputation to meet them and start wooing them at a young age and get them feeling positive and passionate about scotland and build that relationship and connection I see we lost a player called Terry Taylor to Wales, only 16 moved in the summer from Aberdeen to Wolves, hes played for Scotland at youth level and then for some reason joined Wales. Now he might not come of anything but i said the same thing about James McCarthy at a similar age and he would of been a value to Scotland Also agree with you 100% im worried where we will be goalie wise in 2 years as Gordon, McGregor and Marshall will probably all be gone leaving us very thin on the ground
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    Toulon Tournament

    I saw him live at the Eng vs Sco U21 game and his attitude was disgusting couldnt have been less interested in that game if he tried. Now i dont know if he was injured or there was something else going on Sadly i dont think he's going to turn out to be the player we all hoped. He has pace and not much else is my guess and at championship level you can get away with that eg Albert Adomah but at a higher standard you need something else and i dont know if he has that
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    First job for mcleish....

    I went to school in England with Gordon McQueens son, Eddie, and he is an England fan. Could never get over that his dad a scottish international and he supported the English rather than the Scots.
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    Scottish Player Transfers

    Hopefully due to them being so poor it may mean a lot of first team opportunities, has anyone seen the kid Knox play any good?
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    Next Scotland Manager ?

    I was going to post the very same message, i appreciate it sounds strange considering as he got to euro 2016 and 2018 playoffs and just lost to a very good swiss side which are fantastic achievements and very impressive. But i have a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that he's not as a good as lots of people make out and perhaps a little bit lucky. First 18 games with NI had 1 win, in those 18 games drew with Luxembourg, Azerbaijan, Malta & lost to Luxembourg, Azerbaijan Euro 2016 qualifiers - was a very poor group compared to ours we had Germany, Poland and ROI they had Greece as top seeds that were so bad finished last in the group and Romania and Hungry that between then had no true world class players. I honestly think that Strachen would have qualified from that group. Against Romania and Hungry they drew 2 lost 1 and won 1 so not great record against the top 2 who were poor teams At Euro 2016 they played 4 games lost 3 and only beat Ukraine who lost all 3 games and weren't a great team and finished 3rd in their 2018 qualification group WC 2018 qualification got 2nd place which is good however not the strongest group and not a great record against the top teams For me O'Neil benefited greatly from a very easy qualification group to Euro 2016 and the fact at the tournament itself for the first time ever 3 teams qualified for the knockout stage if it was any normal tournament they would have been out at the group stages as they finished 3rd of 4. On face value the last 4 years with NI looks good however scratch a bit more and it isnt as impressive as it first looks. However if he got the job wouldnt be angry and would certainly back him.
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    Next Scotland Manager ?

    personally i cant see any scottish candidate that would do significantly better then Strachen, i think we have to go down the foreign route (which i dont see any problem with) and look for a manager who has improved a nation who are at a similar level to us. And for that reason for me it has to be Lars Lagerback
  15. My real worry is the lack of real talent at the under 25 age bracket for this position. Gordon, McGregor and to less of an extent Marshall all have a shelf life rapidly running out. Ideally we'd have 2 or 3 players 28 and under that could come in. I was hopefully for Fulton but he cant even get a game for Hamilton and hasnt looked the strongest in under 21 games ive seen him in. Take Gordon, Megregor and Marshall out and im guessing we have 0 caps between the rest of the goalies under 30 years old