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    Croatia support thread

    Got some money on Croatia to win the whole thing (tidy if it comes in) and have spent a decent amount of time over there over the last few years. I've been cheering them on all tournament, so will carry on doing that. They've not played particularly great in the last few games. Seems to me they don't set the pace of the game ever. They match their opponent, hence demolishing Argentina, but struggling against the slower tempo teams like Russia and Denmark. Playing England should suit them. England play a higher tempo, their midfield 3 is mostly attack minded and of lower quality than Brozovic, Rakitic and Modric. Rebic and Perisic should pin Young and Trippier back, meaning Pivaric and Vsaljko should be largely free to do whatever. The flanks should win it for Croatia, given Englands 352 formation. Vida always has a mistake in him tho, so fingers crossed he has a good game.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Exactly, McGeough should be a very long way from the squad, so not fussed where he plays.
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    Columbia support thread

    I'm nothing to do with it. And something 'bothers you' is nothing to do with it. You're using 'gay' as a derogatory. Sort yourself out.
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    Things for next season

    If we're optimistic, hopefully something like this. Drops down, finds the right team and rebuilds his career having basically lost 5 years. https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/2435801/stephen-bradley-reckons-shamrock-rovers-star-graham-burke-can-go-on-to-play-for-the-republic-of-ireland/
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    Columbia support thread

    sigh.. cannae help them all. *ticks the wee "homophobe" box next to bonny78's name*
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    Things for next season

    If McGinn's going to get good enough I think he has to leave Scotland. His current game works at that level, but it was woefully short against Mexico and Peru, doing little and repeatedly giving the ball away thru no ones fault but his own. If he carries on at Hibs, he'll have no impetus to up his game and no need to because of the calibre of players he's up against most weeks. Armstrong's in the English prem now, so pushing himself. McGregor's playing in Europe, so gets to test himself there. McTominay likely to be even more involved for Man Utd in the coming season. Cairney and McDonald in the English Prem now. Fleck getting another year in the Championship. Gauld in the senior Sporting squad for the new season. Jay Fulton likely to be a starter for Swansea this term. Paterson in the English Prem. Chelsea boy Ruben Sammut getting out on loan to play first team football for the first time, albeit at Falkirk this season. To me, it's easy to see 23 year old McGinn getting left behind quite quickly.
  7. Heard Ally McCoist doing the same job at the WC the other day.. he seem to have decided that Lawrenson is the ideal and should be replicated. He just mutters criticisms in low tones for 90 minutes. Great way to ruin any match.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Gauld: “I want to do my pre-season at Sporting. I have two years left of my contract at the club. “After that we will see. But I love Portugal, I like Portuguese football and I want to stay in this country. “I was delighted to see Aves win the Final. They worked so hard over 90 minutes and thoroughly deserved to win the Cup.” So.. staying to see whether he's in the first team plans, and shipping out if he's not i guess.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Could he end up going to everton? It was their new manager who bought gauld and put him in the sporting champions league squad. Wonder if he might still be interested in him. Problem would be that they're already pretty well stocked for attacking mids, tho Gauld can play wide, which they don't have a lot of.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Will be interesting to see what happen with Gauld this coming season. Sporting seem to have players demanding to leave left and right after fans attacked the training ground. That could push him into the first team, or could prompt him to also look for a move.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    With who on the right? Personally I'd like to see Fraser right and Robertson left. With Tierney at fullback.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    Well, I'm glad we had a conversation about it..
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    #1 FFP Buying Rhodes has pushed Sheffield Wednesday dangerously close to breaching the FFP rules, despite being reasonably thrifty in their other dealings. Championship sides do have to tread a fine line, as Aston Villa are finding out right now. This makes Rhodes basically unaffordable for the vast majority of Championship clubs. #2 Premier League Decline The bottom half of the English premier league has become a pretty terrible level of football. While they have money to burn, the clubs seem rules by fear of relegation, and so tend to set up in a highly defensive way, looking to hoof it at a fast/powerful lone striker. Arnautovic at West Ham, Gray at Watford, Vardy and Iheanacho at Leicester, Gayle at Newcastle, Wilson at Bournemouth.. the list goes on. The bottom of the prem is full of it. Desperate not to lose and hoping to win. The condensed nature of the bottom half of the Prem would seem to be testament to this not really being a good idea. It's the football of fear, and results in a race to the bottom. Very few teams in the premier league play football.. and those that do can afford much better players than Jordan Rhodes. #3 Strachan's Outlook From Strachan's teams and what he said in the press, he had a fairly similar approach to Scotland as those lower end premier league teams have. 451, with a lone striker leading the line and basically making things happen on their own. Much as Kenny Miller was tasked with doing for so many years. We've seen that that doesn't work.. and with the talent we have in midfield now, it makes sense to play 2 up top and give the midfield talent outlets which can threaten the goal. #4 They did at club level. Huddersfield did. Blackburn did. Middlesborough did, till they got promoted and they replaced him with Negredo. Wednesday put him in initially, but in a horribly defensive side that scored a frankly pathetic number of goals, which ultimately led to the manager being got rid of. The new manager inherited a disaster area with the entire starting 11 injured, so also went ultra defensive to stop the rot. Rhodes was then kept out for the last couple of months by other players being in the best form of their lives. Tbh I'm not sure what you mean by 'the player you seem to think he is'. I think he's a reliable goal scorer, proven at a certain level. The kind of guy who will make a difference when it comes to putting to bed sides like Lithuania, Georgia and probably Ireland and Poland.. since that's the level he plays at. I don't think he'll suddenly start scoring hattricks against Germany. But in the Nations League we're not playing Germany, we're just playing decent teams.. and Rhodes is really good against decent teams.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    That's literally the stupidest things anyone's ever said. Because systems and 'form' aren't things that exist.
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    Potential squad for Belgium

    Rhodes still has the ability to be an important player. People tend to look at the goals column and that's it, without understanding the context. 15-16 he started out in normal scoring form for Blackburn, 9 goals in the first 15. January saw a move to Boro to try and add to their promotion push. That he did, scoring 5 with 2 assists in the closing 8 games, securing an extra 9 points and finishing above Bright on goal difference. Missions accomplished by Rhodes. Up he went to the Premier League. Unfortunately Boro continued playing 1 up and bought in Alvaro Negredo. Unsurprisingly, and without shame, he was 2nd fiddle to the Spain international. Ended up going out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday. Sheffield Wednesday didn't suit him under Carlos Carvalhal. Fans were disgruntled by the overly defensive approach, including the manager himself admitting that in some games they just didn't try and win in the first half, often against seemingly poor opposition. While Wednesday finished 4th, the stats speak for themselves. The top scorer had 12, the 3rd top had 6. In terms of the league, only 3 teams in the top 14 scored fewer goals than Wednesday that season. It was very negative football and was ultimately the reason that Carvalhal left. This season just gone began under Carvalhal and Rhodes didn't feature for many of the games, often restricted to 5-10 minute sub appearances and he's evidently not good at making a difference off the bench. In games where he played a decent number of minutes tho, he tended to do well. 4 goals from the 8 games he played over a hour, which is back to his old scoring numbers. In comes a new manager around Xmas, against a backdrop of a squad decimated by injuries, and he went full defensive, 5 at the back, to stop losing games. Wednesday scored just 2 goals in the first 5 games under him. From there Rhodes was simply kept out by the form of other strikers. Joao's pace made a difference in a defensive lineup, and Nuhiu's physicality was a good foil for him. Joao scored 7 in 11, Nuhiu finished the season with 9 in his last 8 games. Again, Rhodes on the bench despite not really doing anything wrong, you just can't argue with that kind of scoring form. So overall, I don't think there's any honest concern over Rhodes' form. When he plays, he still scores. The problem for him is that he wasn't playing, and that needs to change this season. He's shown from the time at Boro that he'd rather be playing than sitting on the bench, taking a paycut to join Wednesday. I imagine he'll either move this summer or force his way into the starting lineup. if he doesn't he'll move in January for sure. The obstacles for him are other strikers in form. Not just Joao and Nuhiu, but Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall and potentially Marco Matias. All of those are fighting for 1 or 2 striking spots, which is crazy. Tbh I'd seriously consider taking Rhodes for Scotland, as is. We need more threat in attack. Maybe I'm just bummed from having watched McBurnie and Phillips battle on their own, isolated up front over the last 2 games, and our 1 goal in the last 5. Clearly Rhodes hasn't suddenly become a bad player, and witht he delivery of Andy Roberston he seems like the ideal guy to have on the end of it. Looks a decent side to me: Griffiths - Rhodes Robertson - Armstrong - McGregor - McTominay - Paterson Tierney - McKenna - Hendry Gordon
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