I can't help but see a lot of comparisons between the Scotland of today and the one of eight years ago.
We head into the campaign with a confidence and expectation that wasn't there in recent campaigns and we have a manager the players respect and follow his every instruction. The same I would say applied to going into the Euro 2008 campaign when we had another respected manager in the hot seat - Walter Smith.
How do the two squads match-up?
Well I'd say we have far more strength in depth in the goalkeeping area, the central defence of 2008 had Weir who I think was better than anyone we have available at the moment but that aside the class of 2014 is much the same as that of 2008. Our full-backs now are more dynamic than those we had available in 2008 and offer more going forward. The midfields of today and 2008 I'd say we have more strength in depth now and a few more attack-minded midfielders so squad of 2014 wins out. In the strikers department I'd have to go for 2008 as we had the likes of Miller and Faddy to choose from (two of our most prolific scorers of this century).
I would say the class of 2014 is just a bit stronger than that of 2008 and remember we do not have France and Italy in our group this time.
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