Scottish National team
Regardless of your opinion on the state of Scotland’s club game, nobody can seriously say that the national team is in anything other than severe turmoil. We are a small country but we also happen to be one of the founding fathers of the sport, so how is it that we’re in such a desperate state? Although we don’t have a particularly successful history in major tournaments, we’ve produced players like Dalglish, Johnstone, Cooper, Baxter and Law to name only a few. Even nowadays, the pool of players available to us is bursting with EPL talent and many players who have played and scored in the Champions League. So why exactly have the last five years been such an abject failure?
6. The Tartan Army
Seems harsh including this one as the Scotland fans are in actual fact, the only thing we can be proud of with the national side. However, the ‘it doesn’t matter if we lose, we’ll just go get p*shed’ attitude from some fans is part of the reason why no pressure is being applied for change.
Don’t get me wrong, football is first and foremost a game and shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but if we want to progress as a nation, every Scotland fan will need to demand better.
5. SPL/SFL managers
The focus on youth development in Scottish football has definitely taken a turn for the better in recent years. However the constant insistence of many (not all) SPL managers to force mediocre foreign imports into their sides ahead of young Scottish players is pretty short-sighted and often detrimental to their club as well as the national side.
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