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  1. Tartan blood

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Agreed. Lets hope he comes back stronger physically and mentally. He really is the most naturally gifted finisher we've had for a long time. The curse of the Scottish Strikers continues.
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    Albania Match Thread (10/09/2018)

    1 positive of McLeish is that he, so far, doesn't seem to discriminate based on the team they play for. I know the SPFL isn't the best league, but that doesn't mean to say there aren't some Gems in there outwith the old firm. Which Souttar, McKenna and O'Donnell have proven.
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    Albania Match Thread (10/09/2018)

    Fraser and Robertson are simply too good to not play. And they have the wing back positions in their grasp. Fraser was probably the biggest shining light against Belgium. But I love that we can now have this debate
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    Albania Match Thread (10/09/2018)

    McGinn man of the match. If he doesn't break 50 caps I'll be amazed. O'Donnell not far behind. In a 442, he is a dead cert for RB. And a seemingly more than capable back up for Ryan Fraser in RWB. Everyone singing Callum McGregor's praises, but I felt he wasted umpteen chances that didn't even reach the keeper. Heavily involved and eager, which is what you want to see. On another day he'd have had a brace.
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    Belgium Match Thread (07/09/2018)

    They weren't world class opposition, but I seem to remember we were missing over half our first team squad. This was McLeish's real first test. (Albeit, his second stint in charge)
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    Belgium Match Thread (07/09/2018)

    It's the first time Tierney and Robertson have both been available, so fair enough. I think if we'd went with a back 4 and lost 4-0 everyone on here would have been screaming for a back 3. I do think blaming McLeish for the loss is a tad short-sighted. As i mentioned earlier, there is maybe only 1 player I'd have changed from what McLeish chose. You have to take into account the fact that Belgium are about 5 years ahead of us in their football renaissance. 2-3 years from now will be a better time to judge this team (I hope). Though doing that under McLeish is probably not ideal
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    Belgium Match Thread (07/09/2018)

    After some reflection, I think it is premature to abandon the back 3 idea. A back 4 would have changed very little, especially since 3 of our goals were lost through the middle, not from the wing. Experimenting against world class opposition was not the right time to try out a new formation, as we learn very little. Honestly, I'd stick with the same formation against Albania, and only change 1 or 2 players (McDonald out for certain)
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    Belgium Match Thread (07/09/2018)

    I was all for a back 3 up until tonight. But really what we are doing is choosing to play both of our best 2 players out of position. Give the LB slot to one of them and see where the other slots in. They are both too good to not give either their natural place on the pitch. But you also can't bench one of them. Even out of position, Tierney and Robertson were 2 of the better performers tonight. Impossible dilemma
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    Belgium Match Thread (07/09/2018)

    We learned that Ryan Fraser must start every game from now on (probably ahead of Forrest) Souttar didn't look too out of place against World Class opposition. McGinn, despite his mistake, gave it his all and on another night we'd be singing his praises. But he missed Brown next to him. The Tierney/Robertson debate rages on
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    Tierney

    All of you are mad. The big teams send their 20 year olds to teams like Celtic for the simple reason that it is good for their development. Game time and instilling a winning mentality into him is invaluable at this stage of his career. Gauld will have gained some positives from his time in Portugal, but I think we all agree he'd have been better getting game time the last couple of years before going there
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    Scottish Players in action 17/18

    Technically, yes. But we know Robertson and Tierney would both excel in that formation. We just need to figure out who are our best CBs and midfielders now...
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    Scottish Players in action 17/18

    No. He would be part of the back 3 That's what I'd like to see. I don't want a formation that is essentially a back 5. Robertson and Fraser would take turns at foraying forward. I think we'd be best with a 3-5-1-1 style. Which is very adaptable.
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    Scottish Players in action 17/18

    It seems clear now that the best solution for Scotland is to play a back 3 with Robertson and Fraser as wing backs. Especially if Hanley is even now playing in a back 3 regularly. (If we opt for him again) As is Berra and Souttar. We wouldn't even really need to play anyone out of position.
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    Scottish Players in action 17/18

    I guess you mean 3-4-3 with Fraser, Griffiths and Forrest as our front 3. Yes, Paterson could go on the right of a 4 but do we really need him in there? We have an abundance of midfield talent, why is it so important to shoe horn him in? Having a back 3 means we don't really need to play him at all.
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    Scottish Players in action 17/18

    Exactly. We would be switching to a back 3 to utilise the strengths of our 2 best players (Roberston and Tierney), not Paterson, who we aren't even sure is good enough yet. Fraser is doing well in a better league, as is Forrest (Champions league). Paterson should be the contingency plan. Not plan A.
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