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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    I've always wondered why that suggestion's not made more regularly. I'm not saying they should do it, but why isn't it discussed? I don't think it's so ridiculous. Also, I've always wanted to know why it's Tierney who has to adapt. Now that Robertson's a Champions League finalist some would say that he's the better left back and so he has the right to start there but firstly it's not certain who is better and secondly up until fairly recently Tierney was considered the better of the two. I remember Carragher suggesting Liverpool play Robertson at centre back last year. Finally, those that get annoyed with playing players out of their position are they saying one of them should be on the bench? Personally I'd go with the back three as it resolves two issues at once. Tierney and Roberston can play together and it sort of helps address our shortage of right backs by playing a wing back. It's in no way ideal though.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Fraser was man of the match today. Howe said, ""If we can keep Ryan [Fraser] fit he'll be a big player for us this season. We needed this win after a poor start last year."
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    Griffiths

    He was very good against Hungary. He made me think again and I'm sure many others on here as well. Think a lot of folks have forgotten that. Not going to get bags of goals but works hard and does what is asked of him. If Armstrong and McGregor back up a striker whi can hold the ball up we can score goals.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    I really hope so. As said above it's fantastic that he's so close to the starting XI. I've not really seen enough of him and haven't seen in him what Mourinho clearly has yet. My hope for him is based on the fact Mourinho (As noted, one of the best managers in the world) has faith in him rather than what I've seen. I'm not being negative there, just would like to see more.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Not exactly 'in action but Man Utd have announced their squad numbers which includes McTominay (No 39) and Hamilton (No 48). I know squad numbers Don't mean so much but McTominay's number doesn't suggest a breakthrough just yet.
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    John Fleck

    I don't get the pessimism. A choice from Armstrong, McGregor, Forrest, McGinn, Cairney and Fraser. Backed up by an option of Henderson, McArthur, McTominay (we need more time assess him), etc. I know what's being said about Collins/Lambert etc but those above are good. Hopefully a young player can also break through too.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Not got a suitable thread for this so thought I'd start a new one. Anyway, there seems to be a rumour that Bologna and Parma are both after Liam Henderson who has impressed during his time at Bari. Even if it doesn't go ahead it's really pleasing to see he's made a good go of it. I've not seen him at Bari but this would suggest he's close to the Scotland squad (although in a position where we have plenty of competition). Transfer news affecting national team players seems quiet at the moment although one mention of McGregor to Bournemouth.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    In the paper at the weekend fans of each team talked about the coming season and picked their first XI. It was interesting to see the Cardiff fan didn't include Paterson.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Malky Mackay seems to be talking up Ryan Jack as a right back. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/malky-mackay-reveals-believes-scotlands-13042496
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Looks like Henderson played the full 90 minutes in veronas's 4-1 against Juve Stabia.
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    John Fleck

    I don't know Che Adams. Sam Gallagher played for Scotland at youth level so can see that but what are Adams' links to Scotland? One player not mentioned above is Phillips. Not saying he's a superstar but he's done well recently and I've changed my opinions. So that's Griffiths, Phillips, and McBurnie. Ok i guess. Think Hornby is too young to be considered yet (but it doesn't stop me praying)
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    And me. The initial response to his signing wasn't positive at all. Really Hope he thrives.
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    Scottish player transfers

    We should have a separate thread for 'SPL compared to other leagues' in order to stop every discussion disappearing down the same rabbit hole.
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    Scottish player transfers

    Is the McKenna deal very likely then? Not heard anything for a while.
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    John Fleck

    I've said this before but I'm guessing most people wouldn't call Iceland's midfield 'International class' or Northern Ireland's. In fact I'd go as far as to say I'd rather have McGregor, Armstrong, McGinn, McTominay, Cairney, Fraser and the immediate potential of McTominay and Burke. Not that I'm saying Fleck doesn't deserve to be considered. It's just that I think we don't value our midfield enough.
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    Johnston/Middleton

    Over the past few months both these players have been getting praise on here and there seems to be a buzz about them both. Just wondered how they can be compared? Both are around the same age and both wingers. (An exciting right back would be nice though!)
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Can't you be interested in both or do you mean you have less faith in Hendry? Desperately need more than one coming through. Bates, Hendry and McKenna are all in that mix (along with Tierney) so I'm wishing them all well.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Sorry, not saying he isn't suitable. Just down-playing his potential a little. That said I do imagine him scoring 15+ goals (maybe many more) in the Championship which would start to put him on McLeish's radar. Who else do we have? This over-long video shows you his goals from last season: you can see how incredibly cool he is in front of goal. I'm playing him down as it was all in league 2 but that instinct in front of goal translates anywhere. Would certainly get Scotland loads of penalties 😉 I hope he does it. I really do. Prolific in the Championship and then a call up. If he had the midfield to play him in he'd score.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    He was brilliant last season. Gutted to see him leave Cov but he can do it at a higher level. I can imagine him getting goals in the Championship. Not the answer to our problems but then what is?
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    Scottish player transfers

    If he was offered an opportunity at several Serie A clubs then it looks like he's made a thought through decision. Staying with a manger where there is mutual respect seems sensible when he's only been Italy a few months.
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    If Croatia can do it, so can we.

    I genuinely feel very positive. All the good things that have happened to Croatia may be happening to us. The future is very bright. Ok, I'm not expecting world cup finals but I expect qualifications over the next 10 years. Middleton, Johnston, Gilmour, Morgan, McTominay, Burke are coming through across the midfield that's already fairly strong. Henderson's future looks bright and who knows about Gauld. If several of these make it then they'll be joining McGregor and Armstrong and maybe force them out. I think there's a bit too much pressure on McKenna as there's not huge number of young centre backs coming through. But if he makes it and Bates comes good we will changing our outlook. Ok, I know It's all 'what Ifs' but I'm taking a moment to think positive. (My hero's just gone into yellow on thr TdeF so i'm on a high.) And i know I've not mentioned the striker situation!
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    Scottish player transfers

    Bit depressing to read that Swansea are rumoured to be lining up a £2million bid for McKenna. Just £2million? Really?
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    If Croatia can do it, so can we.

    Interesting article in The Scotsman: https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/scotland/why-scotland-fans-are-wrong-to-look-to-croatia-as-a-model-to-follow-1-4767975 Basically says Croatia succeed despite having no plan or structure. However the players get first team football at an early age, come through U21s together and then have no fear leaving home. That said there has to be some luck involved when you get players if that quality at the same time. How many of England's team could play for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juve etc? Maybe there are things to be positive about. We just have to wait a little bit longer.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Doesn't look likely this season though. Real shame.
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    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Just glanced at the Celtic friendly update and saw this comment on Mikey Johnstone: "Johnston is on a different level The winger can breeze past players in a way few Scottish stars have in a long time" Sounds like he's on fire. Only a friendly but exciting to hear.
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