Archive for August, 2009

Norway destroy a dire Scotland

Posted in Scotland Squad, Tartan Army Abroad, World Cup 2010 with tags on August 13, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

“That’s the bloody worst performance I’ve witnessed. I am literally sickened!!”

That’s what my brother texted from the stadium in Oslo. And I have to say it runs parallel with how I felt last night – robbed of 2 hours of my life by a Scotland team that didn’t deserve better than the final score.

I was at the Rob Roy in Paddington with a couple hundred other fans. The atmosphere was one of optimism and expectancy. Norway are far from the best team in the world, so Scotland had a fair chance of a point or three. Unfortunately, the team either didn’t agree or didn’t care. And Norway took full advantage. Strangely the pub started to empty 20 minutes into the second half, and I blame noneof those who left.

As a closing comment here is what one of my friends said shortly after the match “They should be hung, drawn and quartered. Burley needs to take the high road!!”. Harsh, but fair?

Burley names Scotland team for Norway

Posted in Scotland Squad, World Cup 2010 with tags , on August 4, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland Coach George Burley has realeased the names of his 23-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo.

Goalkeepers Neil Alexander and Jamie Langfield join the squad, along with Burnley defender Steven Caldwell, Preston North End’s Callum Davidson and Rangers pair Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith.

Goalkeepers
Neil Alexander, Rangers
Jamie Langfield, Aberdeen
David Marshall, Cardiff City

Defenders
Darren Barr, Falkirk
Christophe Berra, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Gary Caldwell, Celtic
Steven Caldwell, Burnley
Callum Davidson, Preston North End
Alan Hutton, Tottenham Hotspur
Jamie McAllister, Bristol City
Steven Whittaker, Rangers

Midfield
Graham Alexander, Burnley
Scott Brown, Celtic
Kris Commons, Derby County
Darren Fletcher, Manchester United
Paul Hartley, Bristol City
Shaun Maloney, Celtic
James McFadden, Birmingham City

Forwards
David Clarkson, Bristol City
Steven Fletcher, Burnley
Ross McCormack, Cardiff City
Kenny Miller, Rangers
Steven Naismith, Rangers