Category Archives: International

Griffiths National excuse masks issues that need resolving
By J Bleasdale |

WHAT is it with Scotland strikers and declaring an end to National Service, all because they fell out with the manager? Mo Johnston, Duncan Ferguson, Kris Boyd and Steven Fletcher all called time on their International careers for various reasons, and sometimes temporarily, when they were at the peak of their game. Now Leigh Griffiths [Read more]

McLeish shows his predecessor how friendly should be approached
By J Bleasdale |

MANY eyebrows were raised when Alex McLeish named his Scotland squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary next weekend. Out went underachievers of the previous regime, such as Ikechi Anya, Chris Martin, Barry Bannan, Steven Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass, all of whom are either not getting regular first team football or [Read more]

Kitted out! The best and worst of Scotland kits.
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND release their bi-annual home and away kits tomorrow. There have been some classics over the years, from the plain Italia 90 kit to the unusual blue with gold trimmed Euro 2008 Qualifying outfit, from mellow yellow of 1985/86 to the white with blue saltire remembered in Paris 2007. Then there’s been the controversial, stretching [Read more]

Why Strachan and the SFA were right to end their partnership
By J Bleasdale |

BRUSSELS, October 2012. Scotland are limping to a 2-0 defeat in Belgium in the final game of the despairing Craig Levein reign when the Tartan Army unfurl a banner entitled “Strachan: Save Our Scotland!” They got their wish in January 2013 when the SFA appointed the former Celtic, Coventry, Southampton and Middlesbrough Manager as Levein’s [Read more]

The Tenth post-Mortem into another failed campaign
By J Bleasdale |

ON last weeks Scottish Football Forums podcast, I predicted that one of the likely scenarios from Scotland’s remaining two World Cup Qualifying matches was that we’d beat Slovakia to give ourselves a chance of the playoffs – then blow it by failing to beat Slovenia. Unfortunately, my prediction was spot on! This isn’t something I [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The last time we qualified for the World Cup
By J Bleasdale |

TONIGHT, Scotland face Slovakia in a must-win match to keep alive their playoff ambitions for a second bite at World Cup Qualification – and bring to an end a twenty year wait to play in a major international tournament. In a campaign that began disastrously, with just four points from the first four matches, Gordon [Read more]

Football Aid 2018 – England vs SCOTLAND International Fixture
By C Adey |

How would you like to ‘Live The Dream’ by taking part in a truly memorable 90 minute match and represent Scotland in the oldest international fixture in world football? Well now’s your chance as Football Aid – www.footballaid.com – are offering Tartan Army fans the unique opportunity to play for Scotland in an epic Auld [Read more]

Will the Scotland turnaround be complete or is it another false dawn?
By J Bleasdale |

TWELVE months ago, it looked like the Road to Russia was shut on Scotland. Two appalling results, a lucky home draw with Lithuania and a resounding 3-0 thumping in Slovakia, put the Scots World Cup Qualifying campaign in serious jeopardy and looked as though was going to push Manager Gordon Strachan out of a job. [Read more]

Throwback Thursday – Scotland v Lithuania 2007
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND go into Fridays match with Lithuania knowing that their World Cup hopes hangs firmly in the balance. A diabolical start to the campaign, including a very fortunate draw between the two at Hampden, means that Gordon Strachan’s men are playing catchup in the group as they aim to get in the playoff position in [Read more]

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]