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The_Dark_Knight

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  1. ...and I'm out. Probably for more than a month, to be honest. Namaste.
  2. Nah. A bet's a bet. I'll honour my end. When i said "I'm not going anywhere", the translation was " I'll win the bet". People can have whatever opinion of me they want, but they cant say that I'm not a man of my word. I kicked my imaginary cat.
  3. (The 30 day exile doesn't start till a minute before midnight) Not that i was excited before the match... I don't get enthused before Scotland matches anymore. Before i get into it, i was DELIGHTED that i lost the bet (as I'm sure a couple people are), but there wasn't one moment in today's match i felt like we'd hang on. I watched the game with my 23 year old nephew. To say that we was apathetic would be an understatement. His generation has never witnessed Scotland playing at a major finals, in his words he's just used to us losing from the jaws of victory or us just being thrashed. At least my generation, and the generation before it, saw Scotland go toe-to-toe with the creme of football in major tournaments. I don't blame kids nowadays being apathetic. The players, the SFA, the clubs, etc, have given them nothing to cheer and nothing to be proud of. I think i was still at School during Euro 96. The pride that i felt when we beat Swizerland, drew with the Dutch and just got beat against England. It's still an amazing memory. Then France 98, the build up the Brazil match is still a vivid memory and the match didn't let me down, we'll, the result did, but again it was a slim defeat. This generation of kids just haven't experienced anything like that. Growing up we weren't the best team, but we were a fantastic unit and we had players like Collins and McAllister and Hendry that were true leaders. Now we have no one. People might think that i want us to play 3-5-2 because i think it's some magic wand and some amazing system that's been pulled from a magic hat. It's not. I want us to have great center backs and play with a back four. But we don't have great center backs. The SFA are a bunch of dinosaurs that are pretty much a puppet regime for SPL clubs. And since the SPL clubs don't care about the national team they will refuse to demand change when it comes to a limit of homegrown players, training facilities, youth structure, etc. For some weird reason there's four leagues in Scotland, three of ten teams. Which means two or four efeats and a team could drop from 4th to 10th, which means that managers will be reluctant to throw their kids into their first XI, instead relying on older and more experienced players. Scottish football is a mess, from root to branch, and no one with any power has any intention of addressing the matter. As for players, no one can tell me, from watching tonight's match, that players like Forrest, McGregor, McTominay, McBurnie, etc, are good enough to play at this level. Once again, we're outclassed, this time it was against a team just one place above us (last time i checked). There's a massive gulf in skill and technique between us and the team's close to us in the rankings. There's also a fragility in a mental sense that's impossible to ignore. Not that I'm forgetting that we had 3 out of the back 4 players in awful leagues... And let me tell you, from watching the Under 21 match last night, there's no conveyor belt of stars coming through. The player coming through the ranks are no better than the senior players we have now. People make excuses like "we're a small nation" and "it's expecting too much to think that we can produce top players" - I'm sick of the excuses. I'm sick of people making allowances for our failures. I don't blame the players, it's not their fault they don't have the foundation of skills that they should've learned as kids. I don't blame Steve Clarke, if anything, i feel so sorry for him. At least in the days of Vogts, Smith and McLeish we had real gems like Fletcher, Ferguson and McFadden. I look at this squad and apart from Robertson, i see nothing. Fraser is also really good, but a top fullback and a good winger can't carry a team. People get mad at me for saying that our midfielders are awful. How many times are we going to watch our midfielders midcontrol the ball, panic, lose concentration and focus and pretty much chase shadows, at this level, before people stop fooling themselves? The Scotland national team won't qualify for another tournament. No one, it would appear, with any real power, has the appetite for change. The powers-that-be are comfortable. They're being paid. They're under no stress or pressure. They don't care whether the national team wins, loses or draws. So why should we? I'm losing my care when it comes to the Scotland team. I don't see why the Tartan Army should care if the people in control don't.
  4. What? I said that before the match even kicked off. And yes, i will fulfil the bet to not post after midnight.
  5. He'll get a frosty reception, no doubt about it.
  6. Ah. Then I'm with you on that one, i would even stretch it to the general person.
  7. Are you calling Scotland fans thick? Yes, it may have been the default, but the fact that most people chose 4-4-2 would suggest that it's the most popular choice. And yes, I'm sure fans knew that they could alter the formation. So, you also have a PhD in web design?
  8. You, too. Oh, piffle! I'm not going anywhere. And you do realize that i support Scotland, too, right? I'm just not as easy to please as others.
  9. There's so much about Scottish football that's either counter-productive, not fit for purpose or just plain stuck in the stone-age. I get that there's now a few performance schools, etc, but it's almost 2020. The French, etc, we're doing this kind of things back in the 80s (and in a bigger scale). Hell, even countries like Iceleland and Denmark, etc, are miles ahead of us in terms of youth development. There's no magic wand. We'll lose tonight no matter what system we play. There's no getting past that. We've had this system for 19 years and we're still like rabbits in headlights. I'm not saying a change in system will make everything rosey, because there's so many wrongs that we need to right, but if a change of system (and sticking to it) improves things by even 1% then we should try.
  10. it would appear so. I just looked back and the exact phrasing was "The exile will begin the day we score." D'oh! Thanks. But I'll stick to the original bet. For example, if we score 7:55pm then you won't hear a peep from me for 30 days, from that moment onwards. Oh please! I'll admit I'm wrong if we qualify, how about that? Nice edit. I was thinking that. But yes, i won't post, period.
  11. No. It wasn't a default. You could change the formation. Mine was 3-5-2 surprisingly... ...What am i positive about when it comes to Scotland? Without doubt the best question I've been asked on here. The truthful answer is nothing. The SFA are a bunch of dinosaurs that are pretty much a puppet regime for SPL clubs. And since the SPL clubs don't care about the national team they will refuse to demand change when it comes to a limit of homegrown players, training facilities, youth structure, etc. For some weird reason there's four leagues in Scotland, three of ten teams. Which means two or four efeats and a team could drop from 4th to 10th, which means that managers will be reluctant to throw their kids into their first XI, instead relying on older and more experienced players. I could go on and on. Basically Scottish football is a mess, from root to branch, and no one with any power has any intention of addressing the matter. And of course i don't want to see a demise. I want to proved wrong. If Clarke did that (not likely) we'd probably lose tonight. But that isn't the point. We should give the system at least two full qualification campaigns, after all, Rome wasn't build in a day.
  12. BBC Team Selector This was selected by fans. I have Fraser up front, too. (In a free role) If we really must play with a four i'd much rather it was 4-4-2 rather than 4-2-3-1.
  13. Just a refresher: IF we score I'm allowed to post till 23:59 Friday, 6th September. I'm fairly confident that I'll still be posting this time tomorrow. ---- Scotland 0 Russia 2 Scotland 0 Belgium 3 Russia 5 Scotland 0
  14. 1. Armstrong is struggling massively at Southampton. He played 30 mins against Manchester United and all he did of note was get booked. McGregor reminds me of Jamie Redknapp, aka the king of passing backwards and sideways. Christie hasn't convinced me. 2. Fine. I'll give you that one. But how many matches in the past 19 years have we been battered and struggled to beat a mediocre team? Dozens of times, I'd say. And yet, for some reason people ignore the possibility that 4 at the back may not work for us. 4. Sorry. I don't. McTominay is getting there and no way the finished article and Fraser could probably step up a level. In my lifetime we've had guys like Lambert, McAllister, Ferguson, Fletcher, Collins. The midfielder we have present aren't good enough to lace their boots, and that includes McTominay.
  15. Does that sound like me? To answer your question, no, it wouldn't be a disaster. It'll be a bigger disaster to keep on keeping on.
  16. Yeah, i was actually thinking that watching the under 21 match last night as there was a lot of kids there. As a kid you fall in love with your country at football. My first game was about 11 or 12, in a family of non football fans. You can understand why this and the next generation not caring, as they just aren't seeing anything with note. Growing up i had 96 and 98, now kids are seeing us beating Cyprus in the last minute and a thrashing against Kazakhstan.
  17. Good catch. Was getting my digits confused. 21 years.
  18. A disaster like being thrashed by Kazakhstan? A disaster like not qualifying for a finals for 19 years? If those are defined as anything other than disasters then maybe standards should raise.
  19. Only if we don't have any good good center backs at that level, either. Is that the case? If it is, then yes, until we begin producing cornerbacks of note we should play a system that's based on damage control, from every level. I know you were being sarcastic, but you generated a good point.
  20. Yes. And they all play at an international standard, what with the league one and Championship and SPL players..... It's akin to expecting a cook at a greasy spoon to be able to be able to adapt to a 5 star michelin restaurant.
  21. Wow. Jeez. Ok. Fine. I'll dumb it down a tad more, I thought my previous post was basic enough for someone with a PhD to get. Apparently I have to dig through the floorboards. Take Roy Keane. Not many people would argue that he's better than McGinn, McTominay and MacGregor combined. That would conclude that United would need all three in order to fill the gap left by Keane. Wow, well done on your introduction of reduction ad absurdum to the TAMB. I actually thought the bar couldn't be raised on that particular scale, but congrats, you're obviously putting that PhD of yours to great use. Am I part of a medical forum? Is this actually an aviation forum and I didn't know about it? I thought this was a football forum. Last time I looked it was a football forrum. I may be mistaken, though, as for strange and bewildering reason you're bringing medic and aviation into the conversation. I never knew that you have to know medicine and how to fly a plane if you're a football fan. Is this a new thing? Is it official legislation? Do you know this because you have a PhD in, what was it again? Astrophysics? So, I assume that you also have a doctorate in medicine as well as being a fully paid-up airline pilot? I mean, if the answer is "no" to those two questions then shouldn't you be under the same scrutiny as I? So, getting down to the crux of the matter, you're telling me that everyone here is a gp and a pilot? You sure?
  22. Yeah. I was actually thinking something similar. What did Einstein say? A sign of insanity is doing something the same way over and over and expecting different results. This is pretty much what everyone here is suggesting. Stick with a system that's failed for 19 years. Good luck with that.
  23. How many of them play at a really top level? How many of them participate it European Competitions?
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