Scotland, consolable in defeat


I want Scotland to win at pretty much anything.  For me (fourth generation), this is my home and my country.  I also want Celtic players to be successful.  But the engagement with tonight’s qualifier against Serbia is not there.  If I’m really honest, my biggest wish is for Callum McGregor to have a midweek off.

Memories of the 1998 World Cup do not help.  Celtic contributed more players to that tournament than any other club in world football.  We paid a price the following season as exhaustion took its toll.  Do I really want Celtic players on international duty in throughout the summer, before another tortuous European qualification campaign?  Do you?  No need to pull that plaster off yet.

My country’s position on the international stage has always been viewed through pragmatism.  Will it hurt the poor, or the soon-to-be-poor (hmmm)?  Will it hurt what I really care about, like Celtic?

So good luck to them tonight, but if we are beaten by the better team, I will be consolable.

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  1. Brilliant scenes. International’s don’t matter to some but no one has told those players .


    Pure joy, well done Scotland.




  2. Well done Scotland, must say I wasn’t too bothered about it


    until it went to penalties, then I got a tad exited lol.


    H.H. Mick

  3. MON famously said to David Marshall after his Nou Camp heroics in 2004 – ‘It’s all downhill from here’.



    He’s had a good but not spectacular career and nice to see him get another high point at the other end of it.

  4. Well done Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿! 😊



    Fantastic result! 😊



    How focused was David Marshall though to not drop his concentration until he KNEW that his save was valid? 🤔 😊



    Amazing Result Scotland! 😊


    (But still FTSFA!) 😊

  5. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Would have preferred ‘Christie the hero’ headlines.



    At least the Euro’s will give him some focus (at the the risk of being uber greedy when playing for Celtic).




    Was wondering about that statement he made, was it out of spite


    against Celtic or did the club just never enquire?


    H.H. Mick

  7. FFS. Do some on here want that penalty retaken? Get a grip. When I see Oor Ryan near greetin I cannnae believe some don’t want to get behind the team he’s representing

  8. Bluegrass Celt


    Is that the Ryan who wants away from Celtic ,alledgedly,as his father/agent says he is good enough to play in the EPL

  9. Yessss – Go on Scotland! I was so fed up with supporting Anyone But England at tournaments for 23 years.