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  1. 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 easil
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Yes I totally agree. McGregor looks jaded. Armstrong can run at them.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. That is a bit harsh on Russell. O'Donnell is a good player, but maybe not quite international class. Naismith is rubbish.
  12. Since McLeish said he wants to take the game to them, both Forrest and Armstrong should be playing. As a long-time die hard Scotland supporter I hope Naismith plays well, but he is never a striker.
  13. Callum Paterson up front is a far better option than Naismith. Paterson is a physical presence excellent in the air at both ends of the pitch.
  14. Based on past performances Phillips inclusion is a joke. If anything he is a wide man, but definitely not a striker. For his size he is hopeless in the air, and when presented with a chance on the ground has a habit of blazing wildly over the bar. His "movement" when the opposition have possession is pathetic, ambling about merely going through the motions. Griffiths and McBurnie will always work their socks off (in McBurney's case literally!) to pressure opposing defenders. As a prior poster mentioned Phillips must be fantastic in training for Strachan, Mackay and now McLeish to be deploying
  15. McLeish was correct to lament first half lack of pressing, plus inability to pick up the runner for their goal. However he failed to take responsibility for former by fielding a defensive line-up with 3 central defenders protected by 2 holding midfielders which handed the midfield possession to Costa Rica. In speculating the team, most fans picked either McTominay or MacDonald in a holding role, but virtually nobody picked both! Ritchie and Cairney spent most of their time chasing, and I felt especially sorry for latter as he did not get the opportunity to show his skill in attack. McBurnie wa
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