A case of Proud Edward’s Army in Zagreb

07/06/2013 § 4 Comments

A Robert Snodgrass goal was enough to see Scotland defeat Croatia

A Robert Snodgrass goal was enough to see Scotland defeat Croatia

Scotland have always had a reputation of doing things the hard way. We always seem to rise to the occasion and perform better against, what seems on paper, stronger opposition. All of that was once again underlined this past Friday night in Zagreb.

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That’s what friends are for: Mark McGhee teams up with Gordon Strachan at Scotland

11/02/2013 § Leave a comment

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (right) chose to bring in Mark McGhee as his assistant coach of the national team

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (right) chose to bring in Mark McGhee as his assistant coach of the national team

When Gordon Strachan was announced as the new Scotland manager on January 15, 2013, with his appointment also came immediate pondering from the Tartan Army on who would be the first to join his backroom staff. Would it be Garry Pendrey, the Birmingham City legend who assisted Strachan at Coventry, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough? Or perhaps Gary McAllister, the Scotland legend who enjoyed an illustrious playing career and has been linked with the main national job on numerous occasions. In the end, it was neither, and wee Gordon chose to bring in another long-time friend— Mark McGhee.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man for Scotland?

08/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Steven Fletcher in action for new club Sunderland

Stuttering would be the best word to describe Craig Levein’s reign as Scotland manager so far. The Kingdom of Fife native walked through the doors of Hampden and took over as national team manager back in 2009 and filled the nation with fresh hope, and a real sense of optimism and belief, following so many let downs from the previous regime under out of sync George Burley. An open goal miss by Chris Iwelumo springs to mind. A memory no doubt members of the Tartan Army will never forget for all the wrong reasons.

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Roles reversal in Edinburgh

01/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Back on Saturday May 19, the two Edinburgh powerhouses of Scottish football descended upon Hampden Park, Glasgow for the Scottish Cup Final. As the referee blew his whistle that day, Heart of Midlothian went on to provide the capacity crowd with a staggering display of attacking football to put lifeless Hibernian to the sword and defeat their rivals by five goals to one. The finish of that game brought the curtain down to end another distinct,  dramatic season of football in Scotland and rubber stamp Hearts’ domination of the Edinburgh derby for the past 10 months.
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