Federate with England or lose your talented teens


Celtic players’ participation in the World Cup ended yesterday as Efe Ambrose’ Nigeria were eventually overpowered by France.  Baring injury, Efe will be in Champions League duty in Iceland two weeks from today, which leaves the player little scope to rest weary limbs for the season ahead.

The fitness management of Efe and Emilio Izaguirre throughout the season will need to take a different path from the rest of the squad.  The search for cover for both players should be a priority.

It’s a pity for Dundee United, and for Scottish football, that Ryan Gauld seems on the verge of leaving for Sporting Lisbon at only 18-years-old.  United have seen enough to know they have a genuine talent on their hands, but the player’s glory years all lie ahead of him.

United will continue to lose genuine teenage talent until they, along with other aspiring Scottish clubs, get a change of environment.  If the Scottish Premiership folded into the English Football League structure Ryan Gould would remain in Tayside for years to come.

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  1. kingsnake



    18:43 on 1 July, 2014



    What the hell is that hangingf off Palacio’s head?






    His body?

  2. Great run from Messi again beating 3 men, then finding his man in the box. Corner.

  3. kingsnake



    That ‘thing’ hanging off Palacio’s heid is a hair extension!

  4. Call_of_Juarez on

    There are no players wearing black boots. Even the ref is wearing coloured ones. Dearie dear.



    Swiss playing for pens.

  5. Messi doing his best but his intelligence with the ball at his feet is miles ahead of most of his team mates.



    Now he knows how I feel at 5s on a Thursday.

  6. sipsini



    Have a great holiday. I can see you’re looking forward to it!



    I’m coming over on Sunday.




  7. South Of Tunis on

    Been a scorcher -way down south .



    Oot n aboot earlier ———— lots of Albanians and Kosovans oot n aboot -supporting Switzerland .

  8. tallybhoy,



    Ye, it can’t come quick enough.



    My bhoys laid up with tonsillitis at the moment, hopefully it’ll clear up, if not jonny the tim can look after him. :))

  9. If this game goes to penalties I hope Lichsteiner misses the crucial one!




  10. South Of Tunis



    Came past the newly renovated Restaurant Bahnhof in my village where they have a big screen outside for the WC at 5.45, not one person in place to watch the biggest game of Switzerland’s world cup..



    As they say over here ” What World Cup?”




  11. Look at every tackle/clash in this match and it is likely that one or both players simulates to deceive the referee.



    Neymardiving CSC

  12. Never seen a referee get in the way of play as much as this guy.



    Is it me or are Switzerland playing give and goes around him to confuse the opposition?

  13. Gene’s a Bhoy’s name: “This is a dire watch”



    Am I alone in thinking Algeria played the most attractive football of the Round of 16?

  14. RWE: Lots of referees getting in the way every match. They’ve obviously been told to keep up *in* play, rather than trail it. (Which I think better as you get a wider view — nothing behind you — plus you don’t get in the way …)

  15. How many times have the Engerlish commentators mentioned the fact that Sabella, the Argentina coach, once played in England?!




  16. If this game between the Swiss and the Argies was a sick dog, it would have been put to sleep ages ago. This is turgid stuff. Roll on the penalty shoot-out, but I expect that will be an anti-climax too…

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The Swiss took full advantage of the lenient refereeing orders from FIFA, I don’t like cheap yellow cards at the start of games,but a few well deserved bookings early on would have seen a different game IMO

  18. Gene's a Bhoy's name on



    wouldn’t argue with that



    btw none of the Algerian players were from Algeria

  19. kingsnake



    Cheers. Hadn’t noticed it as much to be honest.



    Oh for the days when the less fit ref could just wander round the centre circle for the whole match.