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  1. Hmm I am not so sure. Dykes is missing one game and is sure to be back for the Denmark game. The only way I'd see Clarke picking an additional striker is if Adams is injured. We all know Adams will start against Moldova possibly alongside Nisbet or Fraser so Shankland or that other extra striker would be redundant.
  2. He started for Beerschott today and played the full 90 minutes. No goal though and they lost 1-0.
  3. I agree but far more chance of McBurnie than Harvey Barnes getting a call-up. 👍😂
  4. The OP should know better than to listen to desperate speculation from SportSound pundits. FFS they were shooting in the dark asking for far left of field strikers Clarke will call up for the Moldova game but for what reason? Dykes is missing one game and Adams more than likely will start. No way does Clarke dip in and pull an untried, untested and uncapped striker out of thin air and whats more play him in such a massive game for Scotland. If he adds a striker to the squad (which I doubt he will) it will be Shankland or the likes of McBurnie and neither would play against Moldova.
  5. There are many reasons to expect flak though. Perhaps from Harvey Barnes himself or family in believing he'd do the dirty on England. He's made his decision and until he decides otherwise then that is the way it will stay. I can happily say I will never openly tout and scrounge another country's player in a post on the TAMB.
  6. And Scotland complete a famous win over Bangladesh to win their opening match at the 2021 T-20 World Cup. Scotland win by 6 runs.
  7. Scotland on course for an encouraging win in their opening match against Bangladesh in the 2021 T-20 World Cup.
  8. Started out as England U-16 and England U-17 level. Switched to Scotland for U-18 (three games) and then reverted back to representing England at U-18 and U-19.
  9. I can say from first-hand personal experience that the RMT have been given no choice. The alternative being thousands of redundancies for ticket offices closures across Scotland and do not get me started on Tory blue Serco who run the Sleeper franchise.
  10. Granted. I'd say there are maybe around 5000 who you could say the opposite of who never represented anyone else.
  11. His England U-17, England U-18 and England U-19 career.
  12. Why though? He has pledged his allegiance to England. I see it as disrespectful to him to assume he will shaft the country he has pledged allegiance to after all those years. Leave him to concentrate on his England career.
  13. Yes it happens. Doesn't mean I have to be happy or accepting of it.
  14. The pundits are wetting their pants about a player that has never played top flight football and has a worse strike rate than those with top flight experience that are available to us. On top of that they are assuming that, all of a sudden, a player wants to play for us who has shown no such inclination in his life representing another country for his whole career so far. In any case this has been discussed. Dykes is probably the only striker that would have missed the Moldova game as can't see Christie starting that. Adams will be fit and start that game with the likes of Nisbet or Fraser who could play alongside him and for the Danish game both Dykes and Christie will be available. No way will Clarke be plucking untried strikers out of the air and plunge them into such a massive game for us. If another striker is added to the squad it will be a tried and tested option such as Shankland.
  15. Which equates to: 'Oh sod it my England are not coming calling. Oh well there is always Scotland.' No thanks.
  16. Thete is another scenario that could very soon change a lot. In growing circles Gerrard is being linked with a move to the EPL. Should that come about then the whole right-back spot at Rangers changes. A new manager may want his own man in there or may prefer Patterson.
  17. Well results have been very good and that is all that matters.
  18. Something not touched on yet that is a BIG worry is the amount of key players we have teetering on the brink of suspension. We have John McGinn, Andy Robertson, Bill Gilmour, Nathan Patterson and Scott McTominay to name but a few a booking away from suspension. We really need all of those available for both play-offs should we get that far.
  19. Ah right well there is hope that even if we don't get seeded we could still play a home play-off final should we win an away semi.
  20. Cheers. Yes well I'd presume then, that would mean if we are not one of the seeded six we would be away in both games should we reach the play-off final.
  21. Can someone correct me or clarify this for me? We know that the semi-finals of the play-offs sees the seeded teams guaranteed a home draw but for the finals is it all just done by a draw?
  22. If you had asked me the question of O'Donnell or Patterson before this double header I would probably just have edged for O'Donnell as the experience he has and he has never let us down. Patterson obviously looks the more dynamic option but his lack of experience worried me. However, these last two games have tipped it quite healthily in Patterson's favour. He could be blamed for the lead up to Israel's opener but he dug in and was excellent in the second half. There was just as much threat coming down the right as there was on the left supplied by Robertson and Tierney - that says lots. It shows he has great temperament and this was in front of 50, 000 fans in a must win game. It shows that in his case experience means nothing if he can cope in such circumstances. And then he produced a great cross for Dykes' golden goal V the Faroes. Obviously, in an ideal world he'd be starting regularly for his club but sooner or later Gerrard's hand is going to be called. International football is a great shop window and Patterson was attracting interest before these two matches and he'll have enhanced his reputation after those two games. Gerrard will soon get an offer he can't refuse or find he must give Patterson more game time to keep Patterson content.
  23. That won't be far off I reckon. How would I see our chances against any of those opponents? Sweden (Hmm tough one to call but would rather avoid) Serbia (We saw last time that we can't get a result against them but that was behind closed doors. I'd have hope though.) Switzerland (A team that are deceptively stronger than they look. Wouldn't fancy us to beat them.) Poland (Not a lost cause. I'd fancy us to beat them over others but it would still be tough.) Russia (No thanks. One to avoid.) Turkey (I'd take them. We'd stand a decent chance Id think.) Czech Republic (Cut out silly errors as in the Euros and we'd be in with a shout. Sooner avoid though.) Ukraine (I'd fancy our chances against them. Not a great deal to fear about them.) Romania (A team on the rise - a bit like us. I'd still expect us to beat them.) Wales (Sooner avoid but I'd hold hope of us getting a result against them.) Austria (We've shown in these group fixtures we have the taking of them. Won in Vienna and should have won at Hampden.)
  24. Whatever happens it is a chance to gauge our progressshould we make the play-offs (seeded or unseeded). We will get drawn against a team (likely a team originally from pot 2). These are the teams we need to be getting results against in future campaigns to be in with a chance of qualifying. We are currently a pot three team so we are punching above our weight and improving. If we can force our way into pot two our chances of qualifying improve.
  25. For me we were set up all wrong in hindsight. We were almost playing a 3-4-1-2 andit did not work. McGregor compliments and works far better with Gilmour than McTominay. Fraser as right wing-back is not playing to Fraser's strenths and why bother when Patterson offers more in that role. We looked leggy in midfield too and Dykes was too often isolated upfront. We looked better in the second half when changes were made.
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