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Arrogance would be saying we’re much better than Northern Ireland, well skoosh qualifying.

Defeatist is looking at Northern Ireland qualifying and still thinking the talent doesn’t exist in Scotland to get there ourselves.

Nothing wrong with a confidence and belief that we are as good if not better than countries that have qualified, as long as you’re willing to go and prove it.

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3 minutes ago, Dons_1988 said:

Arrogance would be saying we’re much better than Northern Ireland, well skoosh qualifying.

Defeatist is looking at Northern Ireland qualifying and still thinking the talent doesn’t exist in Scotland to get there ourselves.

Nothing wrong with a confidence and belief that we are as good if not better than countries that have qualified, as long as you’re willing to go and prove it.

Correct. I absolutely refuse to believe Scotland don't have the players to get there where others do. We don't have world beaters, but there seems to be a lack of realisation that we don't HAVE to have world beaters.

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11 minutes ago, GordonS said:

And by having better players.

Gordon Strachan is a decent manager. He didn't make the last 16 of the Champions League twice, with less resources than his predecessor, by being a shitebag. He beat teams like Man Utd and Milan. In fact it took a Kaka wondergoal in extra time to knock them out.

Yeah, we can do more than we have, worse teams than ours have done it and with 24 countries qualifying for Euros a decent number of middling teams are always going to make it. Stevie Clarke has shown that he can get a squad of players to overachieve. We've no chance of making a World Cup any time soon though. The reason the men have qualified for nothing in 21 years (and counting) isn't luck and it isn't due to an endless succession of bad managers. It's because other teams beat us fair and square.

 

We're miles better than pish like n Ireland and Iceland.  Absolutely MILES.  That's just reality.

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We 100% have the players to be competitive and qualify. It's all about making them believe in themselves and make them competitive. Surely Steve Clarke was the best candidate in that respect?

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We've no chance of making a World Cup any time soon though. The reason the men have qualified for nothing in 21 years (and counting) isn't luck and it isn't due to an endless succession of bad managers. It's because other teams beat us fair and square.

 

 

This just pointless defeatism though, isn't it? Generally the mediocre teams who have qualified for the World Cup haven't beaten *us* "fair and square", they've qualified through completely different groups.

 

To suggest that Scotland have "no chance" in the future based on our performance in the past is a bit weird. The same teams don't qualify for every tournament, so every World Cup has several European teams that didn't qualify for the previous one. A lot can change in 4 years. And it's not as though we're constantly finishing near the bottom of groups - we're regularly one place outside of the qualifying spots and often only one result (or even one goal) away from the play-offs.

 

You enjoy eulogising about the women's team on a regular basis - they were basicallt hopeless for years, but have managed to turn things around fairly quickly.

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FAO Killie fans...

What Killie players can we expect to see get called up?

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Good appointment. Would like to take this opportunity to declare in advance that I'll be blaming the players if/when it goes wrong.

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In my eyes if Clarke fails then it would prove it is100% the players & SFA (beyond the current evidence).

Little jumped up squirts like Tierney and Cairney (no where near his hoped England call up yet?) might not like what is about to come.

Hopefully he can get us playing like a decent team together with average players

Edited by red23

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11 minutes ago, ICTJohnboy said:

FAO Killie fans...

What Killie players can we expect to see get called up?

Stuart Findlay will be in the squad and should be on merit regardless of who the manager was.  Greg Taylor should become the 3rd choice LB.   SOD will continue in the squad.

Alan Power's blood has probably already been posted to AncestryDNA.com already to see if he has any connections although, regardless of how much I love Power, centre midfield is not really where we need players.

 

 

 

Whoever is selected you can guarantee that tactically we will be better than we've been for a long time.  I'm not expecting miracles against Belgium to start all of a sudden but we should approach games with confidence now against anyone we come up against.

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3 hours ago, Principal Flutie said:

Correct. I absolutely refuse to believe Scotland don't have the players to get there where others do. We don't have world beaters, but there seems to be a lack of realisation that we don't HAVE to have world beaters.

Strachan's bleating about not having a superstar like Gareth Bale looked pretty ridiculous in light of the achievements of Northern Ireland and Iceland.

Clarke seems like he has the sort of hard-headed and pragmatic self-belief that could result in an organised, motivated Scotland.

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Forrest, McGregor, Christie. Build the team around that Celtic core and figure out what to do with Tierney. Hopefully Clarke will have us like NornIre punching above our weight in a couple of years. He's the one manager it would be worth doing something different with - giving him more than just 1 full campaign if he doesn't qualify. We need to give him time to implement his ideas. 

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4 minutes ago, Falcor Roar said:

Forrest, McGregor, Christie. Build the team around that Celtic core and figure out what to do with Tierney. Hopefully Clarke will have us like NornIre punching above our weight in a couple of years. He's the one manager it would be worth doing something different with - giving him more than just 1 full campaign if he doesn't qualify. We need to give him time to implement his ideas. 

"BUT WIT ABOUT THE RANGERS MEN"

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Forrest, McGregor, Christie. Build the team around that Celtic core and figure out what to do with Tierney. Hopefully Clarke will have us like NornIre punching above our weight in a couple of years. He's the one manager it would be worth doing something different with - giving him more than just 1 full campaign if he doesn't qualify. We need to give him time to implement his ideas. 


Christie??

Seriously?

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4 minutes ago, red23 said:

"BUT WIT ABOUT THE RANGERS MEN"

I don't think Clarke likes ****. 

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Christie??

Seriously?


Build the team around a midfield of

Mcgregor Mctominay/mcginn

Forrest. Christie. Fraser


Get griffiths fit. Then do something that gets the best out of andy robertson. That is the starting point

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8 minutes ago, Aufc said:

 


Build the team around a midfield of

Mcgregor Mctominay/mcginn

Forrest. Christie. Fraser


Get griffiths fit. Then do something that gets the best out of andy robertson. That is the starting point

 

Aye thats the side right there. Clarkeball. 

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I was genuinely really pleased with the Clarke appointment until seeing this at 0:24 
 


:( Here we go again...

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57 minutes ago, Falcor Roar said:

I don't think Clarke likes ****. 

I was just talking to a guy in work about the issue Clarke has with Sevco and, whilst I don't for a minute think he would let that affect his own job by not picking players, this will be one of the things being jumped on by their fans if he doesn't pick any of their players.

However, and maybe @The_Kincardine can give his opinion, with McGregor retiring I'm not sure what players would make the team.  Ryan Jack is a player I like but I wouldn't swap Alan Power for him and I've already stated that Power probably (if he was Scottish) wouldn't get into our squad based on central midfield being our second strongest position for choices currently.

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Let their fans jump on it. They don't have any players worth picking. 

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