Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Scotland show heart
Yesterdays defeat at Hampden was predictable; the manner of the defeat however was not. After the shambles last Friday where Levein opted to play without a striker in the 1-0 loss in Sparta the Scotland team battled bravely against the best International side in the World. What a contrast when compared to England’s shocking display against the minnows of Montenegro.
Scottish sides have always had to show grit and determination against more able nations and this has been missing for the last couple of campaigns. The run in 2007 that saw them beat France home and away gave the fans real hope that this generation of players may get to a finals tournament for the first time since 1998. Although this is still rather unlikely this time the come back (albeit a very brief one) will give the team much needed confidence.
The financial problems affecting Scottish clubs has created real concern about the future of the game. Celtic and Rangers used to be able to challenge some of the top English teams but the gap is widening by the year. Scottish football needs some positive football results to revive the passion in the game; hopefully this display will lift the fans and players.