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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 suffer 3 – 0 defeat by France

Posted in Friendlies with tags , , on June 8, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

Another friendly against a Euro 2016 qualifier, another Scotland defeat. A 3 – 0 deficit this time, so compared with the Italy result, three times the woe.

Saturday’s loss at the hands of Euro 2016 hosts in  Metz was another disappointment. Again, the Scotland squad were outclassed. The French had most of the possession and had great deal more strikes at goal. It was no surprise they ended the match ahead by three goals.

There were a few glimmers of hope. Goalkeeper  David Marshal, as he did against Italy, managed to limit the damage. There were also some respectable performances, Swansea full-back Stephen Kingsley and Rangers winger Barrie McKay both showing they merited selection. Gordon Strachan, although likely livid, will have some positives to consider.

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Scotland defeated easily by Italians

Posted in Friendlies with tags , , on June 1, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

Sunday was not a good day for Scottish international football. An easy win by Italy over Scotland was not the score anyone wanted. And the overall performance must have caused Gordon Strachan some concern.

This was the first of two matches in Malta. Ahead of the upcoming game against France, Scotland faced the mighty Italy. Let’s be honest, a win was an unlikely outcome, against such a formidable opposition, but a draw, or even a respectable defeat would have been better than what we endured. A single goal victory by Italy disguises what was a lackluster performance by the Scotland team. The score could have been so much worse.

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Strachan names Scotland squad for France and Italy

Posted in Friendlies, Scotland Squad on May 12, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

Gordon Strachan has named the squads he’ll be taking to France and Italy for forthcoming friendlies.

Goalkeepers : Scott Bain (Dundee), David Marshall (Cardiff), Allan McGregor (Hull)

Defenders : Christophe Berra (Ipswich), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Callum Paterson (Hearts) Andrew Robertson (Hull), Lee Wallace (Rangers)

Midfielders : Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest), Darren Fletcher (West Brom), Shaun Maloney (Hull), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), Barry McKay (Rangers), Matt Phillips (QPR), Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), Robert Snodgrass (Hull)

Forwards : Steven Fletcher (Marseille), Chris Martin (Derby), Ross McCormack (Fulham), Steven Naismith (Norwich)

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Scotland victorious again, winning 1 – 0 over Denmark

Posted in Friendlies with tags , on March 31, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

Another friendly international. And another victory. As against the Czech Republic, the result was decided by a single goal, this time by Matt Ritchie.

Scotland rarely score early in the game. However, like the friendly in Prague, they didn’t waste any time getting the ball in the net. A moment of hesitation by Danish captain Dan Agger, was mercilessly seized upon by Ritchie, shooting the ball past keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Scotland triumph in Czech friendly

Posted in Friendlies with tags , on March 25, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

Great result! Scotland have triumphed over the Czech Republic! Could this be a return to winning form for Scotland?

Well, let’s not get carried away. It was only a friendly, and 1 – 0 is not a score to jump too high about. That said, a win is a win, even by the slimmest of margins. And it was deserved. Ikechi Anya’s strike after 10 minutes put us ahead of the Czechs, but the consistent hard work of the Scotland squad kept the Czech team at bay for the remainder of the match. A win, by what can fairly be described as an experimental squad, is much to be be applauded. Now, let’s hope for more of the same on Tuesday, against the Danes.

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Strachan names squad for Czech and Denmark friendlies

Posted in Friendlies with tags , , on March 12, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

Gordon Strachan has named the squads he’ll be fielding to face the Czech Republic and Denmark in forthcoming friendlies.

Czech Republic v Scotland (Prague, 24 March, 7.45 pm) – 

Goalkeepers : Scott Bain, Allan McGregor
Defenders : Christophe Berra, Gordon Greer, Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Charlie Mulgrew, Andrew Robertson, Steven Whittaker
Midfielders : Ikechi Anya, Barry Bannan, Darren Fletcher, Kevin McDonald, Kenny McLean, Matt Phillips, Robert Snodgrass
Forwards : Steven Fletcher, Steven Naismith, Tony Watt

Scotland v Denmark (Hampden, 29 March, 8.00 pm) –

Goalkeepers : Craig Gordon, David Marshall
Defenders : Ikechi Anya, Liam Cooper, Gordon Greer, Grant Hanley, Charlie Mulgrew, Kieran Tierney, Steven Whittaker
Midfielders : Liam Bridcutt, Scott Brown, Oliver Burke, James Forrest, John McGinn, Jamie Murphy, Matt Ritchie
Forwards : Steven Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths, Chris Martin

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