Wolfgang Overthebar

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    London and STC No 29576
  1. I can assure you Phil McFud as you call him is not my source. The FAI have approached him. As I said it's no secret in the world of football journalism. Phil is the first to make it public.
  2. An open secret in the world of football journalism. Check out the YBIG forum on Republic of Ireland football team. Ireland's fans are all over this and can hardly believe we their luck that another talented young Scottish player is being snubbed by SFA
  3. Rumours Martin O'Neil and the FAI are going to persuade Johnston to choose Ireland and fast-track him into the Ireland squad. Irish grandparents apparently and has never been selected for Scotland at any age group. (too small apparently)
  4. That to me is the perfect post. Like you i quite like Arnstrong but it is all about levels and consequently difficult to judge if he should be in the team at the expense of Fletcher and Morrison. It will be interesting to see who Rogers brings in during the January window. They have been heavily linked with James McCarthy who similar to Charlie Adam and James Morrison has been in and out of his side this season but if he signs for Celtic he will walk into their side possibly at the expense of Armstrong. Plus i feel there seems to be a degree of inconsistency on this board about the quality of the SPFL and its quality in comparison with other leagues. When it was pointed out that James Forrest was excellent against Aberdeen in the League Cup final and has been one of Celtic's best performers this season many on here were quick to claim that he only looks good because he is playing for the best team at a poor level. When it comes to Armstrong (and Grrffiths for that matter) that argument, for many, doesn't seem to be so relevant.
  5. I'm pretty sure Paul Scholes has Irish grandparents but has/had no link to Scotland whatsoever - not that would have stopped Craig Brown approaching him of course. Nicky Butt, on the other hand, had a Scottish parent but, unlike others - Graham Alexander for example, didn't feel Scottish. On the issue of young Dembele - I hope he sees himself as Scottish but if he wants to represent England or the Ivory Coast instead I hope it is because he regards himself as such and not because an agent as told him its in his best interests to do so.
  6. Its nothing new, is happened for decades - Denis Law, Jimmy Johnstone, Kenny Dalglish, Gary McAllister, Brian McClair and plenty others all been booed whilst playing for Scotland. And just look at the hatred on here towards certain current players
  7. And who is this man? If its Griffiths? - he couldn't score from six yards out with a free header (and with his eyes open)
  8. I assume you are right and it is the roll of honour the OP is referring to - and that is different from the hall of fame. If he looks at the actual hall of fame, he'd realise the number of great Scottish players who didn't manage 50 caps (or in some cases even 25) - McFadden can take his place alongside them as I'm sure he will be inducted into that within the next couple of years
  9. You don't need 50 caps to get into the SFA hall of fame. The hall of fame is full of players with less than 50 caps.
  10. i think that's a very fair assessment. Dont know the answer for the defence - Robertson and Paterson are better going forward than defensively - ok for tonight but you'd suspect the other sides will fancy their chances attacking down our flanks. The central defence is two players that are struggling to get into championship sides but who is better?
  11. I've no problem with that. They probably are the amongst the best we have at the 21 year old level. But i dont think we should get that excited about them, because if they were that special they'd be playing first team football at a decent level. And sadly they are not. And i would hope anyone that was at Pittodrie last season -as i depressingly was - for the under-21 international against France would agree with me. A Scotland under-21 side with so many great hopes of ours - Gauld, Christie, Paterson, McGInn, Kingsley, Nicholson, Cummings, Hamilton - were given the runaround. And before people say yes but it was France - it was a weakened France U-21 side as six of their players were selected for their full squad.
  12. You seriously getting excited about a 21 year-old that cant get a game for Celtic and another player who is 21 this year that is so far away from the Sporting Lisbon first team he has been loaned out for the season. They were both in the under-21 team last year that were out-played by France at Pittodrie - and looked seriously out of their depth. I was at that game, it was embarrassing - i would temper that excitement and enthusiasm, If i was you. Plus If they were as good as you think they are they'd surely be playing first team football at aa decent level at 21 years of age.
  13. I agree with you - however there is no reason why young Scots (as Kieran Freeman has shown in the past couple of days) cant move to academies in the rest of Britain - assuming they have some potential. Also - there are many posters on here argue that the best Scottish youngsters shouldn't leave Scotland at a young age for those considerably better academies outside of Scotland. Claiming they should learn their 'trade' and then move on in their 20s. Plus correct me if I'm wrong but isn't there at least five young Scots at Swansea? I was glad to see Kingsley get called up after a handful of premier league games for Swansea but plenty on here were not.
  14. not just Rossy - there are a number of posters on this board who have argued that the current Scotland team are better than Wales or 'Bales' as they have ridiculously preferred to call them. Hopefully they might finally accept that more than half of that Wales would walk into the current Scotland team and - dare i say - half of the Ireland team too
  15. Well played Wales. yes hopefully the buffoons on this board who called them Bales for the past couple of years will now accept they are more than a one-man team. Ramsey, Allen, Williams and his fellow premier league defenders would walk into our side. Well played Wales and shows how far behind, Scotland is, of that tiny country (with football as their second sport)