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Naismith is why we scored two goals against Spain at Hampden, when they were one of the greatest sides ever to play the game. His intelligent movement, especially on the right, pulled their defence all over the place.
He's a more intelligent player than Griffiths, he takes up better positions and makes better choices, while Griffiths is quicker, more athletic and a better finisher. Griffiths relies more on quality players around him than Naismith does. At his best Naismith was miles ahead of the best we've seen from Griffiths.
But I'm with those who say age has caught up with Naismith. There's a case to be made either way and I don't think there are grounds to complain about which gets picked... if either. 


Also: Steven Naismith - Not A Racist!

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Add our centre halves to that and it’s closer to 1 million.

Which is totally bizarre when you think about it do we have the biggest variance in the world between quality of midfield and quality of defence. I’m running through teams and can’t think of many.

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50 minutes ago, skippy2015 said:


Which is totally bizarre when you think about it do we have the biggest variance in the world between quality of midfield and quality of defence. I’m running through teams and can’t think of many.

what are liam cooper and grant hanleys key strengths and weaknesses? 

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2 hours ago, skippy2015 said:


Which is totally bizarre when you think about it do we have the biggest variance in the world between quality of midfield and quality of defence. I’m running through teams and can’t think of many.

Meh. Norway have Halaand up top and Odegaard in midfield but the best they've got at the back is Ajer. Any nation of roughly 5 million people will have a variety in quality, I'm not sure Scotland are particularly unique here (without running through every nation of 5 million).

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Meh. Norway have Halaand up top and Odegaard in midfield but the best they've got at the back is Ajer. Any nation of roughly 5 million people will have a variety in quality, I'm not sure Scotland are particularly unique here (without running through every nation of 5 million).

I would love to have ajer at centre back would improve our team.

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1 minute ago, skippy2015 said:


I would love to have ajer at centre back would improve our team.

Again, meh. He obviously has potential at 21, but he can be clumsy and erratic and isn't near the top level for me. It also wasn't a question of who would get into our team, the question was about the variance in quality of fairly small international sides. Norway was the first off the top of my head but I'm sure there will be plenty of examples of teams with quality in one position and a dearth in another.

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Wales have some right pish that gets to play alongside Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

We do seem to be particularly unlucky in having no forwards who can score and no defender who can defend. I'm no expert but I believe those are important attributes in football.

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7 minutes ago, resk said:

https://www.nrk.no/sport/folkehelseinstituttet-med-nye-anbefalinger---kan-ramme-serbia-kampen-1.14937508

That's the Norway-Serbia game to be played behind closed doors. Ffs.

That's excellent news for us - we've got a much better chance of winning away from home if there are no fans there.

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That's excellent news for us - we've got a much better chance of winning away from home if there are no fans there.
True, it was more of a general "ffs" about the concept of closed doors matches. It would be a huge boost to Israel if we have to do the same.

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1 hour ago, craigkillie said:

That's excellent news for us - we've got a much better chance of winning away from home if there are no fans there.

Not sure i'd subscribe to this. Suppose it just depends on how each player plays and concentrates in a game in an empty stadium. Suppose the average wil be exposed.

 

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It would just be typical, My first Scotland game in over 20 years. Taking my son to his first Scotland game at Hampden and the tickets arrived today so should be buzzing for it, but I keep thinking it’s not going to happen!

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And there is the Club World Cup in 2021. So it isn't like next summer is free for the Euros.
If the European clubs are boycotting the CWC then I guess it's still possible for the Euro's to be played in 2021. Would create an even more interesting dynamic between UEFA and FIFA and I'm not sure if FIFA could do anything about it. Hopefully they can tear each other apart.

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19 hours ago, Jim McLean's Ghost said:

And there is the Club World Cup in 2021. So it isn't like next summer is free for the Euros.

It continues to baffle me that anyone gives a flying feck about the club world cup. 

 

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47 minutes ago, AndyDD said:

It continues to baffle me that anyone gives a flying feck about the club world cup. 

 

Regardless of whether anyone cares about it there's meant to be 8 UEFA teams in it in 2021 and I imagine FIFA won't be keen on moving it to suit UEFA. 

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The European Club Association has already suggested that European teams should boycott it. This might make that an even easier decision.

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