Good on Steve Clarke. The Scotland manager was absolutely right to mount a passionate defence of his team after their excellent win away to Austria last Tuesday evening. Thanks to Lyndon Dykes’ penalty winner, we are now in the driving seat to finish in second place in our World Cup qualifying group.
Grant Hanley could have been forgiven for making himself unavailable for selection for his country some time ago, although had he done so any such announcement would have been met with a shrug of the shoulders: no-one would have had to hold the back page because most observers felt that Scotland had already retired him.
Thousands of Scotland fans are in London ahead of their Euro 2020 match with England - but the skirl of the bagpipes has largely been drowned out by a 1970s disco classic. Videos of the Tartan Army belting out Yes Sir, I Can Boogie on the streets of the English capital have been all over social media.
STEVE CLARKE has hit back at Scotland’s critics after a hugely impressive win in Austria got his side’s World Cup dreams back on track. Clarke had bristled at criticism his side received after the loss to Denmark last week, and after Lyndon Dykes’ penalty had given the Scots a massive three points in Vienna, he pointed the finger at those he feels do not believe in his team for not giving his men due credit.
In poor form in front of goal, Al Hain-Cole expects the Tartan Army to serve up another frustrating 90 minutes when they face Foda's men in Vienna Austria and Scotland face a potentially crucial World Cup qualification clash when they meet in Vienna on Tuesday. Steve Clarke’s men are just a single point ahead of their hosts in third position in Group F, two points adrift of an Israel team that face a difficult trip to runaway leaders Denmark.
Charlie Nicholas claims Billy Gilmour is no Scotland saviour as Celtic hero bashes defensive approach
The Chelsea starlet has impressed but Nicholas insists he won't be taking us to Qatar on his own. Charlie Nicholas insists the Tartan Army must stop making Billy Gilmour out to be a Scotland saviour. And the former Celtic hero believes the Chelsea kid won't be the difference between heading out for the 2022 World Cup and sitting on our sofas.
Separated by just a point in Group F of European World Cup 2022 Qualifying, both Austria and Scotland will be seeking a vital victory on Tuesday, when they meet in Vienna. While the Tartan Army edged past Moldova at Hampden Park at the weekend, the hosts found themselves on the wrong end of a hiding by the two nations' main playoff rivals, Israel.
Scotland's performance greeted by mix of applause and boos - but two men are exempt from criticism, as are Tartan Army
A cashless stadium, a bankrupt enterprise? Not if Nathan Patterson and Billy Gilmour have anything to do with it. This was a tonic for Scotland’s wilting World Cup hopes. However, it was far from the swashbuckling, multi-goal display that might have been expected on a significant night and against such lowly opponents as Moldova were overcome 1-0.
Scotland 1 Moldova 0 – Lyndon Dykes’ first-half tap-in enough for nervy but crucial win for Steve Clarke’s men
IT should have been all-ova for Moldova long before the end. But Scotland kept the Tartan Army sweating right until the final whistle. Lyndon Dykes’ 13th minute tap-in looked like sending Steve Clarke’s side on their way to a comfortable victory against one of Group F’s makeweights.
Steve Clarke calls for Scotland fire to be relit as manager invokes the Hampden Roar for Moldova crunch
The Tartan Army will be back for the first time in 18 months and Clarke is looking for them to road his side on. So now for the Moldovan meat in Steve Clarke ’s World Cup sandwich. The tasty filling wedged between two door-stopper ties which always had the potential of asking Scotland ’s players to bite off more than they were ready to chew.
THERE’S nothing the Tartan Army love more than a talisman, someone to pin their often forlorn hopes on when there is often little else to cling to. Every generation has had them, from Denis Law to Kenny Dalglish through to James McFadden. And now, there is Billy Gilmour.
Although he is over two years into his tenure as international manager, Steve Clarke has still to experience the Hampden Roar at its fullest volume. He won’t be hearing it tonight either. Moldova are a long way from box office. Nevertheless, the thrill of all restrictions having been lifted means Scotland will play in front of a very respectable crowd of at least 35,000 – the largest Hampden attendance of the Clarke era and the first time since November 2019 that no limit has been set on the numbers allowed to attend.
Scotland 2 Moldova 0: Where are the players who led the Tartan Army to a nervy Hampden win under Walter Smith in 2005?
Scotland needed substitutes to overcome Moldova the last time the sides met at Hampden. Like this weekend, it was a World Cup qualifier, unlike this time Scotland were joint-bottom of their section after earlier struggles in the section when the Moldovans visited the southside of Glasgow on June 4, 2005.
Graeme McGarry: Europhoria has worn off, Scotland need to give Tartan Army something to believe in again
EUROPHORIA. A state of delirium whereby members of the Tartan Army falsely believed that Scotland had become an accomplished international team by deign of reaching Euro 2020. This affliction, to be fair, befell most of the nation in those heady days last November, when Scotland fought their way through two play-off matches against Israel and Serbia – prevailing on penalties in both matches – to end our long wait for major tournament football.
Denmark 2 Scotland 0 – Tough lesson for Steve Clarke’s side as Wass and Maehle punish sorry and short-handed Scots
FOR Denmark this was a walk in the Parken. An effortless summer evening’s stroll in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. For Scotland it was a plodding slog in Denmark’s capital. Blunderful, blunderful for Steve Clarke in this World Cup qualification defeat. Two goals conceded in the space of a first-half minute.
It was meant to be a free hit for Scotland. Instead, it turned into a walk in the Parken stadium for Denmark. While few expected the visitors to take anything from this trip, especially given the circumstances, it proved a dismaying, wounding night. Scotland can still recover in terms of their World Cup qualification prospects but one wonders about the effects on morale and confidence given two vital games now follow in such quick succession.
LiveDenmark 2-0 Scotland: How it happened - Wass and Maehle make sorry Scotland pay for first half failings
A depleted Tartan Army is in Copenhagen for Scotland’s fourth World Cup qualifier ahead of Qatar next year. A sprinkling of Scotland fans have been spotted around the Danish capital and Steve Clarke is also short in numbers. The national team doesn’t have his problems to seek with only 18 of his 26-man squad able to be in contention for tonight’s encounter.
Having struggled for cutting edge recently, Al Hain-Cole thinks the Tartan Army will find life tough against Hjulmand's men in Copenhagen Scotland will be hoping to close the gap on group leaders Denmark when they travel to Copenhagen for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier. Steve Clarke’s men are second in Group F, having taken five points from their three opening matches against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands.