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  1. McTominay, Robertson and Armstrong starting in the Premier league today. Plus a few Scots playing yesterday as well. I can't recall any time in the past 15ish years that we had so many Scots playing regularly in the top division in England. Definitely a good omen for the future.
  2. Exactly. People are judging him based on a couple of games when he was literally a teenager. All the great players need Mentors and guidance to fulfill their potential. Rodgers seems to cherish getting the best out of young players. Already we can see tiny tweeks being made to turn Burke into the weapon he can be.
  3. It gives us strength in depth. How often do we ever have a fully fit squad? Circa 2007, our first 11 was very strong, but we were always just a few injuries away from being severely weakened. Now, a couple of injuries is a little less terrifying. As previously mentioned, we know players like Fletcher, Snodgrass, Mulgrew can do a job, and can be decent backup. The great thing is we may not need to rely on them now
  4. Totally agree. Our forward line was looking like it was just missing one element. Of course, Griffiths was the missing link. Burke alongside Fraser and Forrest is mouthwatering, if they can all continue their current form. Plus, Armstrong, Christie, McGregor, McGinn etc filling up the middle of the park. It feels like we are finally bearing down on assembling a proper International squad
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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