Category Archives: International

Cyprus done, the small matter of Belgium next
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN Scotland games come around, they should come with a health warning! No matter how many times they put us through the mill, they find a new way to toy with our emotions, and Saturday’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus. As it looked as though they were going to have a draw snatched from [Read more]

Scotland facing uphill battle – but could still qualify for Euro 2020
By C Adey |

It’s going to be a challenge qualifying for Euro 2020. But it is far from impossible. Despite a disappointing set of results recently, which resulted in the sacking of manager Alex McLeish, the Scottish players must believe it can only get better from here. Before the surprise loss to Kazakhstan in Astana, data analysts Gracenote [Read more]

Time for Maxwell and Co to act before it’s too late
By J Bleasdale |

ALEX McLeish was a hero of mine when I started following football. He’d captained Aberdeen to Scottish Cup glory in 1990 and was one of the few Scotland players who came away from Italia ’90 with plaudits having performed well during that summers World Cup. For a while, he was doing pretty well as a [Read more]

Scotland Euro 2020 Preview
By J Bleasdale |

THE road to end 22 years of tournament famine begins in under seven days time for Scotland! When the European Championships get underway next June, that will be how long it’s been since we last kicked a ball in a major competition. Back then, fans were disappointed at going out of the France ’98 World [Read more]

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]