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19 minutes ago, Taylor1996 said:

I'm probably the happiest Scotland fan tonight.

I'm absolutely over the moon! As I said earlier, I don't care about the result or even the performance, I just wanted a change of system.

If anyone is demanding we go back to a four, we'll, they're demented. We play four at the back for 20 years with no success, and three only has one match? Right. Hopefully Steve Clarke sticks to his guns and keeps with the three.

So happy.

Problem with 3 at the back is you leave yourselves wide open to players running the channels. And we don't have enough right footed CB's.

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Why don't you fuck off.

Aye, this version might, but you'll just come back under a different username to bore the tits off everyone again.

Main take from the game -  Did someone tell Callum McGregor Halloween wasn’t until the end of next month? He did a fantastic job at dressing up as Casper The Ghost tonight.    totally invi

1 minute ago, Taylor1996 said:

100% yes.

I'm glad you asked that. 

It's about long term.

 

1 minute ago, ScotlandWintheWorldCup said:

Where has our creativity gone??  In the Euro16 and WC18 qualifiers at least we would be entertaining and create chances.  We seem much more solid but are doing absolutly nothing in the final third.  The amount of times we pass backwards in the last 5-6 games is very frustating.

Steve Clarke has made us more compact, but we havent done anything offensively against Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Russia or Israel.  Very turgid to watch.

We actually looked good against Kazakhstan last time we played them, not the best opposition but was still a decent performance.

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21 minutes ago, Barney Rubble said:

Ryan Christie is a thief.

Not to blame for being called up or picked, but I've ever understood the hype about him.

Stuart Armstrong is by some distance the more cerebral and disciplined player.

Should've booted it.

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McLeish got fkin slaughtered for playing 3 at the back across in Israel and therefore fielding his 2 best players out of position.

Only one can be left-back and that has to be Robertson. Tierney is more versatile so put him at centre-half or further up in front of Robertson.  Just don't play fkin alien formations!  That was beyond rancid tonight.  Dykes did ok - at least the ball stuck to him most times when he tried to control it.  Anyone notice Burke's first touch?  Some like-for-like replacement that was.

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10 minutes ago, Rohan said:

He was our best player on the park. If you're not happy with his performance then you must be seething with the rest

In your opinion - which I respect.

I thought Ryan Jack - surprisingly - was excellent tonight in the break-up role.

Penalty apart (and let's face it - the award was generous), there was no other shot on goal, so how can that be considered as acceptable from our creative players?

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1 minute ago, daviebee said:

McLeish got fkin slaughtered for playing 3 at the back across in Israel and therefore fielding his 2 best players out of position.

Only one can be left-back and that has to be Robertson. Tierney is more versatile so put him at centre-half or further up in front of Robertson.  Just don't play fkin alien formations!  That was beyond rancid tonight.  Dykes did ok - at least the ball stuck to him most times when he tried to control it.  Anyone notice Burke's first touch?  Some like-for-like replacement that was.

Good to see a target man in Dykes be able to hold the ball up and do something with it.  Could do with having a poacher alongside him.  Or is it unfashionable these days to play 2 strikers

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5 minutes ago, Caledonian Craig said:

All I hope is that this was Clarke throwing Israel a curveball to confuse them for the play-off next month.

Lol I did think to myself before tonight that it would be just our luck to beat them comfortably tonight and then lose the play off. 

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13 minutes ago, slasher said:

Some of the criticism on here is fuckin ridiculous. We tinkered with the formation in a what essentially was a glorified friendly. 

Get a fuckin grip! 

Thank you!

Apparently some of these people think Rome was built in a day.

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22 minutes ago, ScotlandWintheWorldCup said:

Where has our creativity gone??  In the Euro16 and WC18 qualifiers at least we would be entertaining and create chances.  We seem much more solid but are doing absolutly nothing in the final third.  The amount of times we pass backwards in the last 5-6 games is very frustating.

Steve Clarke has made us more compact, but we havent done anything offensively against Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Russia or Israel.  Very turgid to watch.

Imo we had better players (especially in 16) many of which were far more creative than anyone we had tonight! Our major problem back then was self sabotage. We had moments of great creativity and often followed that up with defensive catastrophes! Now we’re compact but utterly clueless going forward 

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The negativity on here is ridiculous.

Am I disappointed that we drew at home to Israel? Yes

But talk about an overreaction!

That's the only time Clarke has been anywhere close to having his best squad available and half of them aren't at full match fitness. 

I think we can all agree what went before hasn't been brilliant, so he's tried to change it.

Personally I liked the formation. It needs a  few tweaks, mainly we need more bodies in the box when we attack, but it has potential to accommodate all our best players. I also thought we should have changed it after the equaliser as we had lost all our momentum, but Clarke obviouslysaw it differently.

Let's just remember, Israel have 4 forwards who would walk into our team, so a conscious approach seems sensible. 

For those saying, aye but we beat them with 4 at the back under McLeish, go back and watch the game. We were fortunate that night in a game that could've gone either way.

We are a work in progress and patience is going to be required folks. Even though, we're stuck at home, let's get behind the team.

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1 minute ago, ghtresa said:

The negativity on here is ridiculous.

Am I disappointed that we drew at home to Israel? Yes

But talk about an overreaction!

That's the only time Clarke has been anywhere close to having his best squad available and half of them aren't at full match fitness. 

I think we can all agree what went before hasn't been brilliant, so he's tried to change it.

Personally I liked the formation. It needs a  few tweaks, mainly we need more bodies in the box when we attack, but it has potential to accommodate all our best players. I also thought we should have changed it after the equaliser as we had lost all our momentum, but Clarke obviouslysaw it differently.

Let's just remember, Israel have 4 forwards who would walk into our team, so a conscious approach seems sensible. 

For those saying, aye but we beat them with 4 at the back under McLeish, go back and watch the game. We were fortunate that night in a game that could've gone either way.

We are a work in progress and patience is going to be required folks. Even though, we're stuck at home, let's get behind the team.

Too many excuses - not enough reality.

Who are the four forwards who would walk into our time - and who would they replace?

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1 minute ago, ghtresa said:

The negativity on here is ridiculous.

Am I disappointed that we drew at home to Israel? Yes

But talk about an overreaction!

That's the only time Clarke has been anywhere close to having his best squad available and half of them aren't at full match fitness. 

I think we can all agree what went before hasn't been brilliant, so he's tried to change it.

Personally I liked the formation. It needs a  few tweaks, mainly we need more bodies in the box when we attack, but it has potential to accommodate all our best players. I also thought we should have changed it after the equaliser as we had lost all our momentum, but Clarke obviouslysaw it differently.

Let's just remember, Israel have 4 forwards who would walk into our team, so a conscious approach seems sensible. 

For those saying, aye but we beat them with 4 at the back under McLeish, go back and watch the game. We were fortunate that night in a game that could've gone either way.

We are a work in progress and patience is going to be required folks. Even though, we're stuck at home, let's get behind the team.

Spot on 👍

I don't say that 3 at the back is the answer but it's got potential. The main reason it didn't work out tonight apart from the reasons you mentioned was that the midfield didn't function at all well. Jack did a reasonable job in the holding role but the rest were very poor on the night. 

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25 minutes ago, Barney Rubble said:

In your opinion - which I respect.

I thought Ryan Jack - surprisingly - was excellent tonight in the break-up role.

Penalty apart (and let's face it - the award was generous), there was no other shot on goal, so how can that be considered as acceptable from our creative players?

Sadly, your correct 

We were very poor, lack of creativity and urgency were mostly to blame. However I wouldn't single Christie out specifically for this game. 

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5 minutes ago, Barney Rubble said:

Too many excuses - not enough reality.

Who are the four forwards who would walk into our time - and who would they replace?

We huvnae even got 4 forwards worthy of a cap ya clown! 

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