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  1. I can see why managers think Rhodes isn't worth playing (unless you are sure your team will be on top and getting lots of balls into the box) BUT do any of our other strikers effectively hold the ball up? Do any of them contribute so much more that it is better to play them rather than a 'goal hanger'. If Rhodes barely touches the ball but scores then isn't he contributing more than our current strikers who simply cannot put the ball into the net? Griffiths being the latest to fluff half chances v Engalnd.
  2. How about trying Bridcutt as defensive midfielder? He rarely comes into the opposition half for Leeds but makes a lot of tackles and usually passes it well. Sitting Fletcher/Brown/Morrison/MacArthur etc deeper may be counter productive (do they fully commit to attacks?). I think it is vital we protect our chocolate defence but would a specialist be better rather than a good all rounder trying to play box to box. Could we get more in terms of goals from our other midfielders if they knew there was bespoke defensive midfielder behind them?
  3. McCormack training with the youth team at Villa and called unfit. Strachan vindicated on not calling him up last time?
  4. Well said Pam!
  5. On this day 1942 Scotland and Leeds United legend Billy Bremner was born.
  6. There are legitimate criticisms that can be made of Strachan but not capping Liam Cooper isn't one of them. Cooper may improve enough to make the squad at some point but not now IMO.
  7. He isn't a nailed on first team starter.
  8. This is Bill Harper. 1920's and 1930's goalkeeper. 11 Scotland caps. Played for Hibs, Arsenal and eventually Plymouth Argyle via a spell in America. My Grandad's cousin.
  9. I think this is a very good post. I'm born and lived in England all my life (save a few weeks in the mid 70's) to an English Mum (who had Scottish grandparents) and a Scottish Dad. I also had a German Grandad. I've passionately supported Scotland all my life. It's hard for me to try and make a claim but I really feel had I been a professional player I would have run my heart out for Scotland. I would have turned England and Germany down and waited for the call from Scotland. I couldn't have represented any other team as my heart wouldn't have been in it. I had the Scotland strip as a kid and proudly wore it. My lad Ewan is 12 and supported Scotland in the recent game. I don't push him but he is well aware of my passion for Scotland and his links to Scotland. He wears a Scotland keeper top to his local team training. Some real Scottish folk probably laugh at this or get annoyed but I don't care. And as FIFA and the SFA don't have a problem with my eligibility I have made myself available for Strachan's next squad. OK, I'm 47 with a glass knee but I never give up hope. Nationality isn't as clear cut as some would assert. Terry Butcher was born in Singapore but was an archetypal England lion as a player. Denis Law said he became 'more' Scottish after moving abroad. Duncan Ferguson is more Scottish than Jordan Rhodes but Rhodes has a better attitude towards the national team. I think if someone is eligible through family or living in Scotland and they really want to play for Scotland it shouldn't be a problem.
  10. I agree. Pulis cited Phillips lacking confidence and consistency but he may improve over the next few months. Adam starting to get games for Stoke. I can't wait til Strachan picks Bardsley and folk start moaning about non Scots being brought in. Strachan is damned both ways on that. Like Strachan said recently, by next year 2 or 3 players who didn't make recent squads may be playing regularly at club level and be brought in. And maybe a youngster may be ready to make a real difference like Burke or Gauld?
  11. UNITED COMPLETE DEAL FOR MCKAY BROTHERS Share this story inShare1 Twin brothers make the switch from Doncaster Rovers... We are delighted to confirm the double signing of twin brothers Jack and Paul McKay from Doncaster Rovers for undisclosed fees. The Glasgow-born pair, who are 19, have penned two-and-a-half-year deals at Elland Road and are initially expected to gain game time with the Under-21s while training with the first-team squad. Jack is a striker who collected Doncaster’s Academy Player of the Year award in 2013, while twin brother Paul is a promising central defender who signed professional terms in 2014. Both players had tastes of first-team football during their time at Doncaster, with Jack making his senior debut away to Sheffield United in November 2014 and Paul making his bow against Burton Albion in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season. Jack told leedsunited.com: “It’s a massive club. As soon as I found out that Leeds wanted to bring us me here, I said ‘yes’ straight away. “We were both told this morning that Leeds had come in for us and we were buzzing to hear it. “I know there’s competition here with the young strikers, but that doesn’t really matter to me. I know that if I’m not the best then I won’t play. I have to be at my best. “I’ve played with my brother for a long time and we know each other’s game well. “It works especially well with him being at the back and me being up front. I can make runs and I don’t even have to call for the ball from him. He knows how I play and I know how to make runs for him. He knows where I’ll be. “I’m a striker who works hard and does a lot of running. I love going in behind the defence to score goals. This is a great opportunity for me and one which I hope to take.” Paul added: “It’s a massive club and I’m delighted to have signed up. “You look at the young players here recently – Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt – they’ve all broken into the first team and have become regular players. “There’s definitely a pathway here for a young players like myself and my brother to kick on. “To start with I think we will get games in the Under-21s and train with the first team when we can and then take it from there. “It’s good having someone else in the family doing the same thing as you. It can help ease you into a new club." 03 DEC 2016 ASTON VILLA ELLAND ROAD BUY TICKETSBUY HOSPITALITYBETTING 10DAYS 07HOURS 34MINUTES
  12. I've seen him a play a few times in the last year or so. There are times when he looks like he could become a really good centre half and other times he looks out of his depth. He can hit accurate long passes when on form. I'd say he is a couple of years experience away from international football. Alongside a good partner he could be good.
  13. Scotland desperately need a goalscorer, a guy who is seen as a danger man by the opposition. Is there any chance of one emerging by next year? Burke ? I think if we had one the effect on the team would be profound. Defenders and midfielders would improve (Wales being a good example with average players improving with Bale as the danger man).
  14. Would these be the same McCormack and Rhodes who are left out by their club teams? But you want them in the Scotland team? It's not that Strachan replaces McCormack and Rhodes with players that wouldn't get in the NI team is it? So whatever criticisms we can make of Strachan one of them isn't that he ignores top notch players to play rubbish ones? The frenzid anti Strachanites were adamant he would not play Griffiths in the England because he is a 'ginger fud/idiot etc,. ' He did select Griffiths and Griffiths was ultimately as useless as Fletcher, Martin etc,. .
  15. Most international football managers are 'utter failures' and don't manage to get their teams to final tournaments. I'm guessing the SFA contemplated (and perhaps researched) possible replacements. They may have also canvassed what the players think of Strachan. The lack of a better replacement and most players supporting him probably made up their mind.