Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:36

Scotland's Euro 2020 Campaign

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As you're all aware the European Championships take place in major stadiums across Europe next year.

The last time Scotland qualified for a major tournament was in 1998 and the re-occuring theme surrounding the national team is in fact they have under-achieved since then.

The main memory I have of Scotland which of course ended up in heartbreak like it usually does was when we got beat 2-1 by Italy in Euro 2008 qualifying in controversial circumstances. 

However, for all of us optimists we're hopeful that this time around can be different. We got promoted to C1 in the UEFA Nations League (it took me a while to understand how it works) which means it improves our seedings for Euro 2020 which means our chances of exceling should increase. But of course it's never that straightforward, as the Scotland way is to do it the hard way.

It's not just down to that circumstance either, we have quite a balanced team in terms of youth integrating with experience. We have young players such as Scott McKenna, Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, Calum McGregor,  Ryan Christie and Calum Paterson who have the potential.

Experience is a fascinating point I think. I've heard people talk about experience in what exactly? Not exceeding expectations? It's a fair point but our experienced players in the team are Stuart Armstrong, Leigh Griffiths, Ryan Fraser and James Forrest. These are relatively young players in general and can make things happen but are still the seniors of the squad who can support the younger generation and I'm certain they'll want to change the perception of what experience can really mean in this campaign.

In addition to all this Alex McLeish needs to install confidence and belief into those players. Yes, we did top the UEFA League C Group 1 but I wasn't convinced by the performances. We should be beating teams like Israel and Albania convincely in my opinion. 

He still has a point to prove too, he left Scotland in 2008 for Birmingham City because he thought the grass was greener atnd Scotland fans won't ever forget it. With the right tactics and positive attitude the ball is in his court.

As brilliant as Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney are, dont play systems to fit the best players, play players to fit the best system. 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 March 2019 16:50

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