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  1. Which makes McCormack exclusion seem somewhat bizarre, but I think he has covered himself with the inclusion of Burke in the squad and I should have mentioned Ritchie as well..... which just shows that there is no real room for Adam in Strachan's squad (he has a key group of 5/6 attacking and wide players, and only has room for 3, maybe 4, proper holding midfielders, which at the moment is McArthur, Fletcher and Morrison).
  2. Yeah, reading this morning that Hearts are guaranteed £350k for him regardless of getting a fee for him or not before his contract expires and want something closer to £1m for him.
  3. Adam I think hardly gets a sniff because he does simply not fit into Strachans style of play..... he was more suited to Levein's style of play by keep the ball and slowing the game down to a snail pace (also he lived on the crest of that wave for his performance v Spain for a long time).... while Strachan prefers a more passing game and keeping the ball constantly moving, by getting it to players like Maloney, Bannan, Anya, Snodgrass and Naismith, with players like Brown and Morrison keeping the midfield ticking over and interacting with the forward line on the attack. Saying that, if any player should fit into Strachans style of play, its McCormack.....
  4. Jack Ruddy (18 year old keeper who went out Spain when his folks moved there and signed Real Murcia, but returned to UK to sign for Bury) is on the verge of signing for Wolves, but Man United also sniffing around apparently.
  5. SSN saying Hearts have rejected a 2nd bid from Wigan for Callum Paterson that was a improvement on their bid last week for him.
  6. Squad as I expected..... Had a feeling Greer was going to be called up simply because lack of options (Mulgrew has no club and has not kicked a ball all summer...... and apart from Wilson I can not think of anyone, as Soutter is nowhere near ready).... Hutton I also expected, as he must be due his one good game in ten round about now where he goes from looking so-so to a glimpse of his form 8-9 years ago...... Midfield nothing really to complain about...... Up front, Fletcher was always going to be there, and I doubt Strachan will look at club form when he picks his team for Malta..... McCormack put in a good shift v Czech Republic, and really should have been well ahead of Martin and at the moment Rhodes. Team I would play v Malta, ......................Marshall Paterson....Martin....Hanley.....Robertson ...............McArthur..Morrison ....Snodgrass...Naismith...Ritchie ........................Griffiths Team I (mostly) expect, ......................Marshall Hutton....Berra....Hanley.....Tierney .....................Morrison Forrest....Snodgrass.....Ritchie....Anya ...................S Fletcher
  7. Was McBean not on trial with Hibs and a couple of other clubs a year or two ago and it came to nothing? When Levein sounded him out he was only 16 or something and the Yanks were doing their usual praising him to the high heavens as the next big thing, yet his career does not seem to have panned out the way it was expected.
  8. Jim Leighton captained the side for a couple of games in 1995 (Kirin Cup and I think Faroes away).
  9. Suspect Strachan will promote McArthur to Browns spot (with probably Flecther or Morrison getting the captains armband, as they have been given it in the past..... though I think Grant Hanley is a good outside bet for that) with McGinn and Mcleod probably getting McArthurs spot of in and out the team. To be honest though, this is not the major disaster it would have been 8-9 years ago, as it actually is the one spot we do have some major depth with (granted, bit thin on real quality)
  10. Shame so soon to the qualifiers (though I am sure him and Strachan have been discussing this over the summer). Think Jame McArthur is probably the most likely candidate as a replacement (and really should have been getting his chance for a while now).
  11. Yeah noticed that (also had a laugh when they printed "World Cup... EU Qualifiers") most likely had stubs left over from last campaign which they are just using up.
  12. Hearts have rejected a bid from Wigan for Callum Paterson
  13. Not seen anything, but he is in Scotland today for some Q&A forum about Sports and Politics at the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, so would imagine chance it is tomorrow (I think Wales and maybe England are announcing their squads this week).
  14. Nope, but still training with Celtic apparently. Strachan has a real choice to make about this one, as its not really the same as when we have had the like of Hutton out the Villa team.
  15. Would like to believe Strachan would try something (anything!!!!) new, but I really doubt he will and the usual suspects like Forest, Fletcher, Maloney, Mulgrew and Hutton will start in Malta. I would like to see him try something like Matt Phillips and Snodgrass playing behind Fletcher or McCormack, as for a short phase in Prague earlier this year the 3 of them were linking up pretty well and when crosses were getting put in all 3 were getting on the end of them. I would go with Griffiths up front given his form at the minute.