Scotland play Slovenia on Sunday night in what has been dubbed a must win game. The current group position makes for very grim reading that I actually don’t think it matters either way.
While there may well be six games remaining failure to win on Sunday will result in Scotland being out of the World Cup in all sense and purposes. It might, and possibly should, result in the end of the Gordon Strachan era.
Like the previous Euro and World Cup Campaigns of recent times we have not been good enough. Selections, not just from Gordon Strachan, have been baffling at times and tactically we appear to be behind the curve more often than not.
The policy of picking players who do not either start for their clubs or even get a place on the bench has not been successful and has to be demoralising for the players, who may not be as good, but are playing week in and week out for their clubs, mostly in Scotland.
The league set up doesn’t work and the pandering to the top clubs has done nothing to enhance our game. Attendances remain low so an idea fans have been putting forward like increasing the size of the league and only playing each other twice a season in the league would allow younger players the chance to play and may even bring back some anticipation of only playing a team once at home in the league per season. Maybe you would be more likely to attend if you know you will only play Hibs etc once at home.
But the sad reality is I have no faith in the current Scotland team to qualify for any finals, or faith in Gordon Strachan or the SFA to bring about meaningful change. The Republic of Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland do more with less but we appear to not be able to match that in any way so change is required at the top and the bottom to bring about any hope of positive change.
I will watch the Scotland game this weekend on the pay channels, another disgrace, STV shows England matches but not Scotland matches, says it all really. However, I don’t think we will win, a draw probably the best we will achieve, but in the event of defeat then Gordon Strachan has to go. The SFA, in that event happening, should resist rushing into another appointment and should not look to the past of Smith or McLeish, their days are past. Serious thought needs to go into the next appointment and it does need to be someone new. Either way though, this campaign like so many will fizzle out in not even glorious failure, just failure, so any chance to seriously re build has to be taken. I would say that needs to start with the SFA who have presided over the slow deterioration of football in Scotland and our failure to succeed in recent times.
0-0 with 10 minutes to go. We have hit the bar and the post, had a lot of possession and done little with it. This result might keep Gordon Strachan in his job but this abject rubbish, I even dozed off at one point for 5 mins. Gordon Strachan needs to go and serious consideration into a root and branch change at the SFA.
Well we got a 1-0 win and well done Scotland. It doesn’t make the problems go away and with England next it only pauses the end but that’s Scotland for you.