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  1. There were some immense performances, particularly Hanley, McTominay, McGinn, Robertson and Tierney. Gilmour was good without being too penetrative in attack. O'Donnell also had one of his better games, though is a full-back and not a wing back suited to a back 3. But I have to disagree everyone emerges with great credit, as for me McGregor is a glaring weakness. Off the ball when the opposition has possession he NEVER EVER marks anyone, or tracks runners. He is always ball-watching in a zone completely by himself. In possession he does not demand the ball like Gilmour, and invariably plays backwards. This adds huge pressure on the rest of the midfield. Once upon a time under Brendan Rodgers he was a good player, but no longer. Clarke is obsessed with him, and after that result is sure to play him against Croatia. We cannot afford to be carrying a passenger.
  2. It is too early to get carried away by Che Adams. Yes he took his first Scotland goal well but it was against The Faroes. Today's goal was laid on a plate by Dykes, and even then it was directed close to the keeper who maybe should have saved it. Before his goal he completely fluffed a header from great Tierney cross which was on the money. I have watched Adams a lot with Sothampton and yet to be convinced he is international class. Also he is never a lone striker as with Southampton he supports Ings, and how often do Scotland play with 2 strikers? In the tournament proper, if Scotland play a single striker I would much prefer to see Dykes or Nisbet.
  3. Today's team looks strong with the exception of McGregor. Clarke's obsession with him is disturbing. A midfield of McGinn, McTominay, Armstrong has great energy and tenacity, perfect for a stong press which makes us difficult to beat. McGregor by comparison on current form is a passsenger. There is a player in there all right as proven when scoring goals for Celtic in Europe, but that was eons ago. Hopefully he can recover some of that form, as otherwise he is very lucky to be starting. Players should be picked on current form.
  4. That was a really good performance against a good side and biased referee. But of concern is Clark's obsession with McGregor and Christie, Scotland's worst players but who both lasted the full 90 minutes. Neither are anything like the players they were a couple of years ago, and McGregor in particular is a passenger in midfield, constantly ballwatching and never man marking or picking up the runner.
  5. I agree with TheSaint, because of his goal Adams has received more plaudits than his overall performances have merited. I admit I had a slight initial bias against someone who finally decided he was "Scottish" once Scotland qualified for Euros, and realized he could not get in the England squad, but am prepared to support him once he pulls on the dark blue. However I would take Griffiths any day of the week, a more complete footballer with lethal shot and set-piece delivery. Ok Griffiths cannot last the full 90 minutes, but even with an extra time Griffiths cameo against Austria we could easily have won that match instead of watching McTominay blootering over the bar. Adams created the space and finished well for his goal, plus provided good pass to Robertson for Fraser's header, though that just sqeaked by being intercepted. Adams work rate is good, but does not put as much pressure on defenders as Griffiths, and certainly not as much as Burke who is the ultimate at chasing down defenders. I have not seen Adams run at a defense and take people on. He is not an aerial threat. He gets caught offside too often, at least 3 times against Israel.
  6. Or better yet, give the job to David Moyes! I have no faith in Steve Clark, tactically inept, overly cautious, too loyal to underperforming favorites, oblivious to emerging talent like Turnbull, Gilmour, Gauld, Patterson.
  7. I agree with Taylor1996 the main problem is ball-watching and lack of high press. We should not be letting countries like Israel dictate the tempo. Israeli players were not being picked up and man-marked, and there was no high press. Without being Xavi or Iniesta they were picking holes in Scotland at will. Steve Clark needs to watch this video...
  8. Israel (with FIFA ranking 87!) were made to look good by a team laying off them with no man-marking and no pressing. I repeatedly watched McTominay and McGregor off the ball, marking nobody then rushing to challenge the player receiving the pass, by which time it is far too late. If everyone marks someone it bottles up the space, making it very difficult for the player on the ball. If nobody is marked, the player on the ball has multiple options. Israel looked like they had an extra man every time they had the ball. That is all down to poor management.
  9. In previous matches against Israel their right wing back Dasa was causing all sorts of problems. I am wondering what or even if Clark has a plan to counter the threat. I would play Fraser wide left. With the addition of Robertson overlapping, and the occasional surges forward by Tierney, that should keep Dasa sufficiently pinned back to not cause too much damage.
  10. It is great to finally have a winning run, but those results mask poor performances with abysmal ball retention. The Czechs bossed possession and should have won comfortably.
  11. Yes I totally agree. McGregor looks jaded. Armstrong can run at them.
  12. An overall great performance, but a nail biter after they scored their second. When trying to manage the game it seemed lunacy to bring off Armstrong and put on Phillips. I have no idea what Phillips brings to the squad.
  13. A few weeks ago I suggested Paterson as a far better striker option than Naismith... And I was ridiculed... I will concede Naismith is playing quite well at club level, but at best is a #10 and never a striker... McLeish has to be looking at Paterson up front... His last 2 Cardiff goals were both opportunistic strikes on the deck... But he is great in the air which is dead handy not only in attack, but also defense... Scotland are far too suspect to set pieces at the back, and Paterson could certainly help sort that out...
  14. In the circumstances the team more or less picks itself. At least Armstrong is back. But why persist with Naismith? He is not the future. Ryan Christie is worth a run.
  15. That is a bit harsh on Russell. O'Donnell is a good player, but maybe not quite international class. Naismith is rubbish.
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