Can Scotland gain sweet revenge against England?

England are set for the daunting prospect of travelling to Celtic Park and facing a cauldron-like atmosphere created by the Tartan Army who believe they can get one over on the old enemy south of the border. Roy Hodgson’s men will immediately know they are in for a game from kick-off, with Scotland brimming with confidence following the important 1-0 Euro qualifying win against Ireland. There promises to be no love lost when the teams take to the battlefield, particularly as England currently hold the bragging rights after their 3-2 victory at Wembley in August 2013. It could be a completely different outcome come the full-time whistle on Tuesday, as Gordon Strachan’s team are firing on all cylinders and will be passionately backed by their 12th man who could overpower England and take them by surprise. Pundits and others may have the Three Lions as slight favourites, but Scotland are in prime form to come away with a morale-boosting win.

Scotland

Scotland have shown wonderful progression under Strachan in 2014, with World Cup winners Germany the only team to stop the rejuvenated team in their tracks through a narrow, and arguably undeserved, Euro 2016 qualifier victory. There is now a considerable attacking threat to compliment a solid defence, with attracting, free-flowing football becoming a hallmark of Scotland’s play. Shaun Maloney’s superb winner against Ireland illustrated the level of confidence flowing throughout the team, with an excellent set-piece move resulting in Maloney’s unstoppable shot. It was an invaluable three points in the context of Group D, but Scotland can now focus their attentions on gaining revenge against England in a game that will be considered much more than a friendly. There may be the temptation for Strachan to utilise the squad and rest some of Scotland’s stars, but on home territory in front of the Tartan Army against a fierce enemy, there would be little surprise if Scotland were at full strength at Celtic Park and take the game to England from the off.

England

Five consecutive victories may be the reason why England are considered favourites to beat Scotland, but the results merely paper over the cracks created by average performances that should not give the Tartan Army much to be concerned about. Hodgson may have instilled a professional approach that is producing the results, but England are there for the taking if Scotland are brave enough to take the game to them. The game may present an opportunity for Hodgson to give the likes of Ross Barkely, Calum Chambers and Saido Berahino a chance to shine at international level, while former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster could be set for his first return to Celtic Park following his summer move to high-flying Southampton. Hodgson already knows the challenge that lays ahead for his team, but they could be overawed by Scotland if they are not up for the fight.

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3 Comments

  • Posted by Richard coombes on November 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    So you scored one goal against ROI – not looking so clever tonight.

  • Posted by Sultan on November 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Scotland were absolute crap. I was ashamed of that disgraceful performance. England were in a different. They deserved to win by bigger margin. The scots players couldn’t string to passes together. Strachan you need to kick there arses. That was shameful. And I am a Motherwell fan. I am used to watching pish.

  • Posted by Gerry on November 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I do wonder if a similar such frankly over confident message to that written above, failing to fully credit the opposition, was sent around the Highlanders Army the night before The Battle of Culloden…?

    The Scottish players were, in truth, drained after the Ireland match – the key game in truth – and Strachan ought to have reshuffled his team more rather than give in to players personal longing to ‘get at the English’ etc

    It was England who ROSE to the occasion and did to the Scots what most assumed the Scots themselves would do – ‘got right in their faces’ and seldom let up…!

    plus in truth it was largely a match of championship players v champions league players, something that was bound to tell re overall fitness, strength, etc (only a few of the Scottish players who appeared play in the premiership, or for Celtic in Europe which like it or not is such a ‘telling’ factor these days, unlike when the likes of; Law, Gilzean, Dalglesh, Souness, Jordan, Gemmill, Nevin, Strachan (!) etc all graced the English top league …

    A FRESHER Scotland all ‘fired up’ would have made a much closer fight of it of course