I feel sorry for Shinnie, he has been a very good full back in the past but he’s played there maybe once or twice in about three years. You can’t just automatically regain all your positional sense etc basically overnight. It’s a completely different position to CM, obviously, and it feels like he was hung out to dry.
Aside from that the team picked didn’t look bad. All this chat about McTominay needed to be a “keystone/anchor” in the midfield is hindsight, revolutionary nonsense for me. McGregor is more than capable of playing that role against Kazakhstan with two very mobile players in the midfield with him. He gets the ball and moves it quickly, exactly what you want from someone in that type of game. Yes he has work to do on his defensive side of the game but he was brilliant there for Celtic in a spell.
Correct me if I’m wrong but has Burke even been close to the squads recently? He comes to Celtic and does okay playing up top so we recall him and play him out wide. What’s changed from all those other squads he’s been overlooked for? In a wide area nothing at all. He’s a donkey imo.
Bain isn’t good enough. Dundee fans will tell you all you need to know. Yes he’s good with his feet and an exceptional shot stopper but his overall game isn’t good enough. Has Marshall retired? Even to have an older head alongside him in the squad would make sense.
All in all that team should have been good enough and the blame lies with the manager. McLeish is a good guy, I know that as fact, but he needs binned. Every media outing is embarrassing. He waffles, talks nonsense and generally speaks like his audience have a poor grasp of English so he wants to talk slow but still wants to try and sound smart. He says thing like “that’s me getting a bit technical for you” when talking about simplistic things. There’s no way he can set that team up and inspire confidence, the guy isn’t up to it and neees taken out the spotlight - for his own sake as well.
We wont finish top two now so get a new manager in and give him the Cyprus game as his first out. If Clarke doesn’t want it then go left field.