Scotland draw 2 – 2 with England

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on June 20, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Harry Kane was the toast of England, as he crushed Scotland’s World Cup hopes with an injury time equaliser.

An entertaining match seemed to be ending well for Scotland. England had opened the scoring with a strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 70th minute. However, Scotland sucessfully converted two free kicks in the 87th and 90th minutes. Leigh Griffiths scored first. Then, three minutes later, Griffiths repeated his efforts with what most of us expected was the match-wining goal. Sadly it wasn’t.

Three minutes of overtime were to be pivotal. An England free kick was deflected by Scotland keeper, Gordon. However the ball ended up in English possession, was crossed to Kane, who volleyed it from the six yard box into the Scottish goal.¬† We all watched, crushed. Nobody Scottish will be running out to book a holiday to Russia next year, short of a miracle. ūüė¶

Scotland v England tickets go on sale to public

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on May 9, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Tickets for the Scotland v England World Cup qualifier got on sale to the public today.

The SFA have revealed that a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public for Saturday’s clash with the Auld Enemy. A statement by the SFA said ” ‚ÄúA limited number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow at noon to the general public for the Scotland v England match on Saturday 10 June, kick-off 5pm”. After sales tot the Scotland Supporters Club, the North and West stands have sold-out, leaving seats available in the William Hill and East stands. Prices are ¬£45 and ¬£60 respectively.

Scotland keep World Cup 2018 hopes alive against Slovenia

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on March 27, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland are still in with a chance of qualifying for World Cup 2018. An impressive effort, rewarded with a deserved goal by Chris Martin, was good enough to give the team a 1 – 0 victory over Slovenia.

From the start Scotland impressed. After only one minute, a Russell Martin volley from a Robert Snodgrass corner¬†sent Slovenian keeper Jan Oblak¬†diving. Seemingly inspired, Scotland continued the pressure. Martin, Snodgrass,¬†Griffiths, Armstrong and Morrison all sent the ball in¬†the direction of the visitors’ net. Unfortunately the ball refused to cross the line.

And the frustration didn’t stop. Fans’ roared when¬†Andy Robertson sent the ball to¬†Snodgrass, near¬†the left side of the penalty box. The West Ham midfielder expertly passed it¬†towards the back post to an awaiting Griffiths. The Celtic forward looked certain to score. Instead he¬†crashed the ball off the¬†crossbar.

The second half was almost as frustrating. The shots at goal continued, but the ball refused to find the net. In an attempt to break the deadlock, Strachan sent on Chris Martin. Booed by some of the fans, this seemed a risky move. However, the coach’s decision was shown to be the right one. With the help of Armstrong, Martin shot the ball past Oblak, at last giving Scotland the lead they deserved.

And that was how it stayed. The 1 – 0 victory puts Scotland in fourth position in Group, moving one place in the right direction, and keeping them in sight of a qualifying position. Hope for Scotland’s World Cup chances are kept alive.

Scotland held to 1 – 1 draw by Canada

Posted in Friendlies with tags , on March 23, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

It should have been an easy game. Ranked 117 in the world, Canada were not expected to put up too much of a fight. Scotland, although not having had the best of results recently, were expected to win. Or at least put on a better performance. It wasn’t to be.

Scotland, ideally, were looking for an impressive result. With the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia coming up on Sunday, it was everyone’s hope that the Strachan’s¬†squad would win in outstanding fashion against the Canadians. However, after¬†only 11 minutes¬†Falkirk’s Fraser Aird put the visitors ahead. The¬†Easter Road crowd were stunned into silence. And it didn’t improve much from there.

The rest of the match was a scrappy affair. Scotland equalised before the end of the first half, Steven Naismith scoring in the 35th minute. And that was it. The rest of the game provided the fans with little cheer. With a few near misses and better possession, it could be argued that Scotland were the better side. But with no more goals, many fans will have been disappointed, and few will be hopeful of a good performance against Slovenia.

Seriously Scotland! You’re better than this! We need a good result on Sunday. None of us want yet another World Cup finals as a spectator country.

 

Scotland disappoint with 1 point from 6

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , , on October 12, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

This is what it’s like to be a Scotland fan. In the space of four days we’ve seen our national team drop from top of Group F to a much less impressive fourth position.

Often it seems that East European countries cost us points. This held true against Lithuania and Slovakia. My hope, and expectation, was a Scotland victory at Hampden followed by at least a point brought back from Slovakia. Lithuania didn’t have a great history at Hampden, so a victory was expected. And with England having won in Slovakia it felt¬† important that we do well there. No such luck. If not for James McArthur, it could have been the worst of all possible outcomes. I’m just glad I watched the games in the pub, with alcohol to console me.

Next up is England. Can we win at Wembley, or at least take a point from the match? Of course we can!! It’s been done before, an number of time. And if ever we need to pull an unexpected victory out of the bag, this it. Just do it Scotland!! We know we’re good enough!

Tartan Army to be asked not to gather in Trafalgar Square

Posted in Tartan Army, Tartan Army Abroad, World Cup 2018 with tags , on September 28, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

The English FA will be asking Scotland fans not to congregate in Trafalgar Square on the day of the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier. However, they do have a good reason.

Typically, the Tartan Army would be expected to take meet en mass in Trafalgar Square. As much as the authorities would complain, it would be a fun and harmless affair. However, a clash with Remembrance Day commemorations means that the square will be unavailable to gathering fans.

The Royal British Legion has asked that football fans do not meet or celebrate in the square. However, like other members of the public, Scotland fans will be welcome to attend remembrance events and pay their respects to the war dead.

No doubt the Tartan Army will be able to make alternative plans. And every Scotland fan is an ambassador for Scotland, so we expect no trouble.

More info in The Scotsman.

Snodgrass Maltese cross starts Scotland on way to victory in Malta

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on September 5, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

The Scotland squad, particularly Robert Snodgrass, has done the nation proud. An outstanding 5 – 1 trancing of hosts Malta, was the ideal start towards World Cup qualification.

Robert Snodgrass was the man to open the scoring. An early cross to the goal swerved in and under the bar. A bit lucky? Probably, but we’ll take it!¬†This raised everyone’s hopes of what was an expected victory. However, as we all know, nothing should be taken for granted with the Scotland team. Celebrations were quickly brought crashing to the ground by an equaliser from Malta’s¬†Effiong barely four minutes later. Absolutely gutting! And that was how it stood at half time.

Strachan later admitted “We were too wide open in the first half”. Presumably he dealt with that during half time.

The second half was all Scotland’s. It was Chris Martin¬†who put us back in the lead. While one the Malta players lay flat out on the pitch after a challenge from Hanley, Scotland¬†powered on¬†and Martin¬†converted a cross from eight yards out. Scotland were ahead again.

And it got better. Malta’s¬†Jonathan Caruana was controversially sent off for fouling Martin. This allowed Scotland a penalty, Snodgrass sending the ball into the net. Fletcher extended the lead in the 78th minute, heading Ritchie’s cross into Malta’s goal. And Snodgrass completed a hat-trick in the 85th minute to give Scotland it’s fifth and final goal of the evening.

Deservedly Scotland are leading Group F. This will not be easy to maintain, but nobody could have hoped for a better start to World Cup qualification.