Category Archives: International

Scotland v England review
By J Bleasdale |

THERE are many words that could sum up the drama that unfolded at Hampden on Saturday. At the start, there was excitement as kick off approached in this Auld Enemy World Cup qualifier. Frustration at an inept first half performance where Scotland were fortunate to still be level. Hope when Leigh Griffiths’ first free kick [Read more]

Strachan’s Softies sent home the think again as the Road to Russia gets set to close
By J Bleasdale |

THIS TIME – that was the battlecry from the SFA’s marketing department to promote the World Cup Qualifying campaign, a bid to end two decades of waiting since our last major tournament appearance. Well, “this time” is heading swiftly towards the same as every other time we’ve attempted to qualify for a major finals since [Read more]

England v Scotland – Wembley Woes or Winners?
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN the World Cup Qualifying draw in St Petersburg last year threw together the Auld Enemy, the cheers could be heard loud and clear from Thurso to Gretna as Scotland fans got the game they wanted – their fiercest rivals in a competitive double header that could lead to the Worlds greatest sporting event. Over [Read more]

Throwback Thursday – Scotland v Lithuania
By J Bleasdale |

TWO days to go before Scotland’s second World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania at Hampden, where Gordon Strachan’s side will be aiming for a morale boosting win ahead of the trip to Slovakia next Tuesday. Although this is the first World Cup clash between the sides, there have been four previous Hampden clashes between the sides [Read more]

A double header that could make or break or World Cup hopes
By J Bleasdale |

INTERNATIONAL week is upon us again and players will be reporting to Scotland duty to prepare for a crucial period in their bid to qualify for the World Cup. Gordon Strachan’s men face a double header within a four day period, starting with Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday night before, arguably, the tougher challenge of [Read more]

Two decades of pain coming to an end? Don’t count on it!!
By J Bleasdale |

  ANOTHER qualifying campaign is about to commence this weekend as Scotland seek their first major tournament appearance since 1998. Sunday’s match against Malta is the start of the long road to Russia, a controversial choice to host the World Cup in under two years time, as Gordon Strachan aims to end that long barren [Read more]

Time to put this wee nation excuse to bed
By J Bleasdale |

YOU would think that after 18 years that it’d get easier watching a major international tournament would be easier for Scotland fans, having grown so used to the idea of us not qualifying since the France ’98 World Cup. Over the years, however, the frustration of not seeing our country represented at the World Cup [Read more]

Scotland’s absence shouldn’t detract (too much) from Euro 2016
By C Adey |

With a distinct lack of domestic football to keep us entertained over the next couple of months, interest will be largely centred on Euro 2016 over the coming weeks. Of course, despite some encouraging signs of progress under Gordon Strachan, qualification for Euro 2016 wasn’t to be for Scotland.  It’s not going to make viewing [Read more]

Scotland should take encouragement from their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign
By S Douglas |

Scotland should look back at their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a great sense of pride at what they managed to achieve, with the progression under Gordon Strachan boding well for the future of the national team. While narrowly missing out on qualification has provided no crumb of comfort for the Tartan Army who began [Read more]

Is Ryan Gauld ready to step up?
By Guest Writer |

It turns out Scottish football couldn’t hold on to ‘Baby Messi’ for long. Ryan Gauld was snapped up by Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for £3 million in July and with a release clause of €60 million in his contract it is clear he is held in the highest regard by his new club. Sporting have [Read more]