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Lone Caledonian

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12 March 2014 - 08:26 PM

There is an article on the BBC site with Aiden McGeady talking about opting for Ireland stating: "The main thing that makes me think I don't regret it is that I got to play at a major finals at the Euros, even if we did not cover ourselves in glory."

McGeady, who came through the ranks at Celtic before joining Spartak Moscow thenheading to Goodison Park in January,says the Scottish Football Association acted too late in trying to persuade him to play for the country of his birth.

"It was probably too far past the point where I had been playing for like three years - 15s, 16s, 17s and then they did - but by that point my mind was already made up," he recalled.

"I knew the players, I knew the set-up, I was comfortable with it."


Very odd. Basically, he says he doesn't think he regrets his decision because Ireland made the Euros (and am presuming he is getting at the fact we haven't in that time). Surely, though it is not about what you can achieve but playing for the country you really want to. To add to that he says the SFA were too late in trying to persuade him. Odd again. If his heart was already in playing with Ireland surely he wouldn't give a stuff if the SFA left it too late?


Sorry for going over old ground here by the way but this just highlights McGeady as a mercenary.

Steve Pressley

13 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

Perhaps many years down the line there is a budding Scotland manager in the making in the form of Steve Pressley. As far as I am aware he did an excellent job with meagre facilities at Falkirk and now he is doing the same at war-torn Coventry. The job he is doing there is immense considering the turmoil that club is in and the tiny squad he has to work with. He has got Coventry City off to a great start as they are scoring goals for fun and on a hot streak of form which has earned him the manager of the month award. Obviously, h is still very green but one to watch for the future I'd say.

How Long Do We Keep Strachan?

13 September 2013 - 07:00 PM

Now I for one am delighted with the job Wee Gordon is doing for us now after a slow start. The spirit is being returned to the side along with a real sense of unity and comaraderie amongst the squad and management - in other words fun times. Whereas under Levein you almost dreaded every Scotland game now is the time to look forward to our next match - a sign of the good job Gordon is doing.


I am playing devil's advocate here but what will people's reaction be if our next campaign goes sour early on? Will the press and fans turn on the wee man and demand his sacking before the campaign is seen out? Or will it depend on what circumstances we miss out on qualification such as if we go really close to qualifying but narrowly miss out. Will that appease the fans and SFA and encourage the SFA to keep Gordon on for another campaign?


Personally, I hope Gordon is here for the long haul. We need stability now and build for the future - we were at rock bottom when Levein was punted and believe it will take time to get us back on a steady footing. Gordon for me is the ideal man to lead us forwards and besides I see no other passionate Scots (Jordan aside) chomping at the bit for the job.



Where We Stand Now

10 September 2013 - 09:41 PM

Well tonight we climbed off the bottom of the table with our second successive away win in the campaign.  :ok:


The campaign began in disastrous and humiliating fashion and we were at our lowest ebb when Gordon Strachan took the reins. As of now we are playing more as a unit, are far more comfortable on the ball and are not afraid to keep possession. Performances have improved and positive results are beginning to trickle in and confidence filtering back through the side.


We now are starting to have a settled look to our defence and I am sure the more Hanley and Martin play together the better they will become and our full-backs Hutton and Whittaker still look fragile at times but Lee Wallace now looks a good option judging by his showing tonight. Our midfield has seen the emergence of Mulgrew and Anya in recent games and they could cement themselves in the side or at least increase competition for midfield places with Scott Brown, Darren Fletcher, James Morrison, Shaun Maloney and Robert Snodgrass amongst others. In goal we are secure with McGregor backed up with Marshall and Gilks but up front remains a concern. Steve Fletcher is waiting in the wings but apart from that we lack real quality and depth in that area and that is a worry.


Things though are certainly looking brighter and this campaign reminds me of when Walter Smith took over from Vogts when we were low in spirit and we ended a poor campaign strongly and carried that into the next campaign. Hopefully, the same thing will happen here.

The Heat Is On

10 September 2013 - 02:21 PM

Now our dream of qualifying for the World Cup ended a log time ago but don't let anyone tell me that this game has no importance tonight. I see this as Strachan's biggest match to date for the reason that t will confirm if we have made progress or not.


We began under Strachan with not much difference to what we saw under Levein but then a win in Croatia offered a lot of hope and this was followed up by a battling performance away to England ending in a narrow defeat which many saw as a continuation of the progress. Last Friday was by no means a terrible performance but it left worries that it was a step backwards due to the lack of chances created. That leads us on to tonight away to Macedonia. I feel we should be aiming for and expecting a win - we set our expectations high as if we can beat Croatia away then Macedonia (not in the same class) then a win should be achievable. If we don't win then I'd say any progress made from the Croatia game had evaporated and we were somewhere near back to square one. Fingers crossed we can go out and get the win and lift us off the bottom of the table and keep the progression going.