Tom Rogic, through travel and exertion, is likely to be the only player away on international duty Ange Postecoglou has concerns about playing at Motherwell on Saturday. He played 81 minutes in Australia’s loss in Japan, which was marathon territory for Tom before this season’s exertions.
Kyogo made another cameo international appearance, as did Callum McGregor, both should be in peak condition on their return to The Real Thing. Several in the squad, including Giorgos Giakoumakis, James McCarthy and Cameron Carter-Vickers, were able to get some endurance training done during the break. These three have not trained or played enough football this season to reach peak condition yet, maybe now?
With Jura’s hamstring apparently healed, we will be halfway to having our first choice full backs on the field. Time for a return to form for a squad that has flattered more than delivered this season.
I didn’t put myself through the Scotland game last night, although I read the performance was back to recent expectations. Did it make our recent abject performance on a plastic field in West Lothian seem any more palatable? Not that performance mattered for Steve Clarke, who might ponder Napoleon’s preference for lucky generals instead of skilful ones. Curse your opponents with the skilful but unlucky.