The Benchman casts his eye over Scotland’s international prospects
WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?: Scotland. Scotland, Scotland. Where did it all go wrong? We have a great history, a mediocre present and a dubious future. The days of Law, Baxter and Bremner seem a long way off. We had two Scots in a Rest of the World XI against England- how many Scots would be have in similar team now? How many Scots would have made it into Team GB if we had agreed to take part? There have been reviews, surveys, reviews of reviews and surveys of surveys. Still no progress. The game is dying and the powers that be don’t listen. The supporters know what’s wrong and are voting with their feet. Listen to the Hampden crowd. They knew that we needed to play an in-form striker and called for Jordan Rhodes to get a chance. Listen to those who go to games on a Saturday. Bigger leagues. Cheaper prices. Home-grown players. If we start to plot the decline in Scottish Football we could start with 1960. Invites went out to every Scottish club to visit Real Madrid’s training camp at Troon in preparation for their Hampden final against Eintracht Frankfurt. How many thought they might learn something from the Spanish Greats? Only one team sent players and management to watch players like Puskas, Gento, Santamaria and Di Stefano. Which team? Motherwell.
LUCKY BOYS: There were no excuses about the referee this time. Steven Naismith was very, very lucky to stay on the pitch. Jonas Eriksson of Sweden must have been looking away when a forearm smash was delivered by the Everton player. Every Saturday you will see players being sent off for tackles similar to that made by Alan Hutton who clearly had two feet off the ground, although he did get the ball.
REMEMBER ME THIS WAY: It was sad to see Kenny Miller on Saturday. He was a shadow of the player who ran his heart out for his country on many occasions and he himself said it all when he chose to play for the mighty Vancouver Whitecaps. Kenny has done well and has come a long, long way from the time he was sent out on loan from Hibs to Stenhousemuir and he played along side Crawford Baptie. Let’s remember him as he was.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Name the three Bairns.
LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: The cup-winners in that line up were Bert Slater, Tommy Murray, Derek Grierson and Alex Wright. Also in the line up were Buck McCarry, Jim Richmond, Jim Lachlan, Hunter McMillan, John McCole and Billy Sinclair.
BENCHMARKS: Serbia match
Match rating: 7
Team rating: 6
Referee: Eriksson 7
Best Scot: Allan McGregor