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  1. Super_Scotlandfan

    Karamoko Dembele

    So the games Dembele has played for both Scotland and England have been at a ‘non-competitive’ level. But once you get up to Under 17’s level there are European Championship qualifying games. Scotland (and England) had the first qualifying games late last year. These are the games, it seems, Dembele refused a Scotland call up for and instead played for an England under 16 team at a non-competitive level. It’s my understanding that if he plays for Scotland competively at Under 17 level he’ll only be allowed to switch his international allegiance once after this. So he’s got a big decision this year if he wants to play qualifying games.
  2. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish player transfers

    Agree. The papers last year were reporting that he was enjoying living in Portugal even though he wasn’t getting the game time he wanted. They also had quotes saying he wanted Portuguese citizenship, you need to live in Portugal for 5 years to gain this...he’s still 6months away from this. Don’t see why he’d swap this to join hibs on loan for 6 months. If he continues to do well at Farense, he’ll either get promoted as (hopefully) one of there star players or sign for a bigger Portuguese team or potentially another European top flight team. If he left now I’d be dissapointed, he’s settled in his current team and he’d be effectively be giving up on his dream of playing at a high level in Europe.
  3. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Just read he fractured his skull in this game and played on.
  4. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    There’s an ‘in-form’ chart and a ‘season chart’. Just scroll down a bit. Fraser, Robertson and Snodgrass are in the top 50 for the season. The power rankings award weighted points for goals, assists, chances created, tackles, dribbles completed etc. Similar to WhoScored ratings. The top 5 this season are Salah, Hazard, Sterling, Felipe Anderson and Aubaneyang. So seems pretty accurate. Advanced stats are becoming more popular in football. I reckon this list is a pretty good indicator. Most clubs (even the Scottish ones) employ analysts to build up data for potential signings/current players and oppositions players.
  5. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    First time I've seen these rankings. Thought the season chart was interesting and pretty impressive from a Scottish point of view - 3 Scots in the top 50 players of the EPL. Not bad considering we only have 11 players in that league. In comparison there only 7 English players (out of the 167 players they have). The only other nations that have higher representations than us are Brazil (9), France (6) and Spain (5). We're ahead of Germany (2), Portugal (2), Belgium (1), Netherlands (1) and Argentina (1). Ireland also have 1 player, Wales and Northern Ireland both have none. Realise the likes of Brazil, Portugal and Belgium have their best players playing in other top leagues but these seems impressive nonetheless.
  6. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Close...he’s =33rd top scorer in the league. 3 goals and 1 assist from 13 starts. He’ll probably creep this up to 7 or 8 goals by March. This might take him into contention but will still be behind McBurnie, Fletcher, Naismith and Griffiths. Think he’ll need to up his contribution a little before he can be called up.
  7. Super_Scotlandfan

    Albania vs Scotland - Match Thread [17/11/2018]

    It’s clear Israel will target Paterson on Tuesday. Assume Tierney is out of the Israel game too? Didn’t think it was clear if all the pull outs were for both games. Think McLeish should have brought Shinnie/Hendry on to play RB when we were more than comfortable in the 2nd half. Would be an unnatural position for either of them but I’m not convinced Paterson is any better than them there. 30 mins in this game would have been a good indication though. If he were to call anyone up it would have to be Palmer at Sheffield Wed or Naismith at Peterborough. But I don’t think it it’s the best time to give anyone their debut in such a vital game. Could really have done with Jack being fit.
  8. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    No Mulgrew for Blackburn. Quote from Tony Mowbray... McKenna and Devlin the only out-and-out centre backs in the squad now. If Mulgrew is out I think it'll be more likely we'll play 4 at the back.
  9. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Celtic used him in a central 3 on Thursday. Rogic played ahead of him. We could play McGregor and McGinn deeper and Christie just ahead. I’m a fan of Armstrong too, but can’t justify him starting without more minutes for his club. Hopefully he starts today (surely Southampton will make big changes today after conceding 6 last week!) and we can judge him a little better.
  10. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Thought Christie was brilliant on Thursday night. Had his best ever game for Celtic in a high pressure game against a high level of opposition. These are the sort of games you need your international players to perform in. Read that he made the most tackles of any player playing in the Europa league last week (10) and was obviously a threat going forward too. I’d like to see a midfield three of Christie, McGregor and McGinn. All three work hard, are mobile, and keep the ball well. The only other centre midfielders in the squad are McDonald (not on form, ponderous) and Armstrong (hasn’t been playing and isn’t as strong defensively).
  11. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    He’s been injured. Pulled out of the Scotland squad with a knee injury and has been out since. He’d be in my squad if fit. Need defensive midfielders.
  12. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Has to be on the bench at least as a player we can go to in the final stages. Wins everything in the air and clearly has an eye for goal. West Brom didn’t score today, hopefully will mean they’ll turn to Burke in the next few games. Interesting to read Moore’s thoughts on Burke. They’re obviously not giving up on him and see him as a player with lots of talent. Looks like he doesn’t have a natural understanding of the game instead of an attitude issue. Hopefully he’s fully on board with the clubs plan.
  13. Super_Scotlandfan

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Watched it. Was only involved in giving the ball away, misjudging balls played to him and fouling the opposition. Disappointed! This is his first run of games in proper senior football though. Maybe just lost a bit of confidence and got frustrated.
  14. Super_Scotlandfan

    Team for albania

    Thinking/hoping that McLeish will play a back 4 in this game. Because: 1. The whole team were crap against Israel playing 532. 2. Our best player was probably our worst player on the night. 3. Robertson admitted himself he struggles at wing back. Surely McLeish will want to accommodate his best player/captain, playing him where he can make a more positive impact. 4. Souttar is suspended. The only other right sided centre back he’s called up is Hendry, who showed against Portugal he can’t be trusted atm. He won’t play 3 left sided centre backs. 5. O’Donnell wasn’t great either at wing back or full back in both games. 6. McLeish believes we played well with 4 at the back against Portugal. I’d like to see Fraser, McTominay and possibly Phillips coming in. Probably a 433. GK: McGregor FB’s: Robertson (LB) and Tierney CB’s: Mulgrew and McKenna CM’s: McGinn, McTominay and McGregor (I’d drop him for Cairney or Armstrong if either start playing for their club and his Celtic form doesn’t improve). Wingers: Fraser and Phillips Striker: Naismith but preferably Griffiths.
  15. Super_Scotlandfan

    Israel- Albania

    True but finishing top is much more of an advantage than being relegated is a disadvantage. Being relegated is kinda like getting a higher golf handicap...more chance of winning next time. I was about to say finishing 3rd in this group would be preferable to 2nd but I remembered 2nd could be good enough for a play off...if Israel qualify in the own right in the actual qualifying stage. Anyway, what I was getting at was the Israel game is HUGE, Albania game isn’t.