Category Archives: International

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]

Poor old Roy Hodgson
By A Alexander |

The England manager recently reached the conclusion that the English premier league was spoiling his country’s chances of winning a major tournament. Not that it’s any consolation to Roy but some of us came to the same conclusion many years ago. Of the twenty premier league clubs at this point in time, only five have [Read more]

Czeching out the Euros & falling in love with football
By L Dunsire |

As the European Championships draw ever closer I’ve started to feel rather nostalgic, as it was this very tournament that made me fall in love with football, 16 years ago. I was a bit of a late starter when it came to having an interest in this sport. I wasn’t dragged to matches as a [Read more]

Team GB: The facts for Scottish fans
By Guest Writer |

Britain will enter the first joint home nations football team in 52 years in next year’s London Olympics. While this will be a historic moment, the Scottish Football Association has concerns about the implications on the national league. Fans are also worried about what this will mean for the domestic sport. Here, we explore some [Read more]

Scotland fail to deliver in the latest qualifying double header
By C Adey |

Go back seven days and there was the expectation that we would now be sitting in second place in our Euro qualifying group. The fact we had only won four points in our initial four games was quietly ignored, as international fever took hold. As a nation we reverted to the belief that it is [Read more]