Archive for May, 2008

Scotland crushed 3-1 in Prague

Posted in Friendlies, George Burley, Scotland Coach with tags , on May 31, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

I’m gutted! A 3-1 defeat for Scotland in Prague. I’m almost glad I wasn’t there. Many pints have been consumed and I’m only now facing up to it all.

The match being a 4:30pm kick off and having to work, I was following the match on the BBC website. From what I was reading, Scotland, despite spells of possession, were losing the ball to the Czechs far too often. However despite the Czech’s having the better half Craig Burley’s men were holding the east Europeans at bay. The first half ended 0-0.

The second half started as the first ended. Scotland were in no fear of scoring any time soon, but the Czech didn’t seem to be ready to break the deadlock either. Then tragedy!! Ex-Rangers winger Libor Sionko scored for the Czechs. ****! Scotland had to turn this around. After the recent England victory I didn’t need ammunition for my colleagues to give me a slagging. Time for an equaliser!!!

But no. After some close calls at both ends of the pitch, disappointment was about to increase. Michal Kadlec showed why Celtic are interested in him by doubling the Czech lead.

Almost immediately, Scotland replied. With less than two minutes gone since the Czech strike, David Clarkson sank the ball past Cech. 2-1. Scotland were back in the game. With less than 10 minutes to go we were still in with the chance of a draw.

Libor Sionko put paid that! Another Czech goal. Fook! 3-1! I was off to the pub. Much beer followed.

Burley names Scotland squad to face Czech Republic

Posted in Friendlies, George Burley, Scotland Coach, Scotland Squad on May 8, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland Coach George Burley has announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague.

The squad includes 5 players making their debut: Christophe Berra of Hearts, Steven Whittaker and Kevin Thomson of Rangers, James Morrison of West Brom and Ross McCormack of Motherwell.

Goalkeepers:

Craig Gordon (Sunderland)
David Marshall (Norwich)

Defenders:
Russell Anderson (Sunderland)
Christophe Berra (Hearts)
Gary Caldwell (Celtic)
Christian Dailly (Rangers)
Alan Hutton (Tottenham)
Stephen McManus (Celtic)
Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff)
Gary Naysmith (Sheff Utd)
Steven Whittaker (Rangers)

Midfielders:
Darren Fletcher (Man Utd)
Paul Hartley (Celtic)
James Morrison (West Brom)
Gavin Rae (Cardiff)
Barry Robson (Celtic)
Kevin Thomson (Rangers)

Forwards:

Kris Boyd (Rangers)
Steven Fletcher (Hibs)
Ross McCormack (Motherwell)
James McFadden (Birmingham)
Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa)
Kenny Miller (Derby)