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Scotland squad announced for Lithuania and Malta

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , , on August 22, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

The Scotland squad has been announced for the upcoming matches against Lithuania and Malta. As well as many familiar names, Gordon Strachan has chosen to recall Newcastle duo Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley ahead of these vital World Cup qualifiers.

Scotland Squad

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!

Lithuania 0 – 0 Scotland – A bad start to Euro qualification

Posted in Euro 2012, Tartan Army with tags on September 4, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland had to win. With teams like Spain and the Czech Republic in our group, we needed all the points we can get against the other teams. So 6 points out of the first two games, against Lithuania and Liechtenstein, had to be a necessity. Well, now that isn’t going to happen.

I guess we didn’t play too bad. There were a few good chances by Scotland and we were the better team with more shots at goal than the opposition. However it was the same problem as in many other games – we just can’t seem to score. As one of the pundits pointed out, Scotland haven’t scored a competitive goal away from home in two years, the last goal being James McFadden’s goal against Iceland in 2008.

Now we face Liechtenstein on Tuesday, at Hampden. A decisive victory must be on the cards. 3-0? 4-0? Maybe then, with an impressive victory behind them the Scotland squad can go on and take some points from Spain or (more realistically) the Czechs.