Same Old Story

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The knives were being sharpened even before kick-off, but after tonight’s defeat to Wales, Scotland manager Craig Levein is feeling the pressure as more and more figures from all areas of Scottish football call for him to be sacked. One of the most abject second half performances, even by Scotland’s standards, saw our national team once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. In this, I suppose, at least we are maintaining some sort of consistency.

Despite what are seen as injustices by the vast majority of the Scottish ranks, the performance simply was not up to scratch and the SFA must surely now consider possible replacements for Levein, who cuts a lonely figure on the touchline as he struggles out of his depth. Among the early frontrunners for the job are Gordon Strachan, who has success at club level with Celtic and has managed in the English Premier League with Southampton, and Walter Smith, the former Rangers manager who banqueted on SPL success at Ibrox and is the man widely accredited with turning around Scotland’s fortunes during his previous spell managing the national team.

It’s not all bad news though. Scotland welcomed back to the international fold Steven Fletcher and Kris Commons, both out for over a year after ongoing feuds with Levein, and Darren Fletcher after a year out with a chronic bowel condition. However, these are the only positives the Tartan Army can take from what was another abject evening of football. 

Once again, the optimism of a new campaign has been quashed within three games. We can only hope that those making the decisions listen to the voices of those paying hard-earned money to watch Scotland, and do what is right to get the team moving forward once more.

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2 Responses

  1. Nice post. It was good to see both Fletcher’s back in a Scotland for the first time in so long. That was probably the closest we’ve came to fielding a full strength Scottish side in a long time, and it would be very different if that was Levein’s first game in charge; there’d be plenty of positives to take from it. As such though, it’s too little too late.

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