Scotland: A new hope (battle against the dark side)

It has been a pretty dreadful year for the Scottish football loving public.

Boozegate, Boyd, Iwelumo miss, Norway hammering and Burley contributed to yet another major, tournament qualification failure. Not since 1998 in France have our national team graced a greater stage than the Kirin cup.

But we have a new man reigns in Craig Levien and optimism springs eternal. Not exactly. There is a cold hard pragmatism shared by the fans and media.

The message is clear “New man, same team”.

While the great and good ready themselves for South Africa we will have to do with the European Championship draw in February. I can hardly wait.Yawn.

The best case scenario for me would be a splattering of 3rd rate Euro teams alike Luxembourg, Cyprus etc , a half decent team alike Belgium or Switzerland and, wait for it……………England.

The English are a far better team on paper with players alike Rooney, Lampard and Gerrard but only matches against The Auld Enemy can bolster and unite the nation. We would be picked apart at Wembley and may draw at home but we would surely raise our game against our nieghbours and use this passion against the other teams.

The last time Scotland played England Don Hutchison rose above the English defence to header the winner past Dave Seaman. Unfortunately it was not enough to ensure qualification as England beat Scotland 2-0 at Hampden 3 days before. It is the closest we have come to qualification since.


“I don’t hate the English, their just wankers” said Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting.

Well I don’t hate the English nor think they are wankers. I would like to see them do well in South Africa, but not win it, Jesus that would be too much to bare.

I can remember the old home internationals and the Rous Cup and it is criminal that these matches were allowed to lapse into obscurity. Now instead we meaningless friendlies against Slovenia, USA and Australia in half empty stadiums with under strength, experimental teams.

So I’m crossing my fingers for England to be drawn in our group. Hopefully by that time they will have a new manager, as Capello has resigned after another quarter final exit to Germany or Portugal.

One Response to “Scotland: A new hope (battle against the dark side)”

  1. rosstheger Says:

    I’ll be delighted if we get England.

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