Rewind to the 19th of June and Scotland are 3-0 up against Argentina, with only fifteen minutes to go in the final group game of their incredible World Cup performance, and for Shelley Kerr and her team a famous win looked inevitable. That being said we all know how Scottish sporting fairytales end. There is bravery, heartbreak and a lesson to be learned. Maria Bonsegundo delivered all of that with a 94th minute equaliser to ensure that we left France without a deserved victory. Walking into the dressing room at full time would have been a hard task for any leader. How do you control your frustration? What do you take from the game? Where do you go from here? The platform that Shelley Kerr and the national side's summer exploits elevated the game to meant that she may not have expected to have to answer questions around internal squabbling over funding, debatable infrastructure and matches being played on a public park. However, those were just some of the topics that Kerr faced at the recent press conference for the Scotland squad announcement and promotion of the upcoming Glasgow City vs Hibs SSE Cup Final.
“It has given me time to find out more about him, how he works and have some really detailed conversations so we can't wait to start the relationship. It is only around the corner so that is fantastic news for the club." Steven Gerrard was positive and enthusiastic when was asked about the appointment of Ross Wilson, former Southampton Director of Football Operations, as Rangers' Sporting Director. Wilson replaces Mark Allen as the man that Gerrard will have to trust and rely upon to deliver the club's recruitment strategy. That strategy, and its execution, has maybe not quite been up to the standard of a forward thinking club in recent years.
After back to back 4-0 defeats against Russia and Belgium, the inquests have begun. Is Steve Clarke the right man to take Scotland forward? There is no denying that what Clarke achieved at Kilmarnock, considering what he inherited and what his resources were, was nothing short of incredible. Clarke also has experience at the highest level in England with stints as a coach with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool and as a manager for Reading and West Brom. It is completely understandable why the SFA wanted someone that has demonstrated resilience and tactical capability like Clarke has to take over from the disappointing second Alex McLeish era. Clarke ticks a lot of boxes but there is one box that looks to have been missed in this humble writer's opinion. "Does the manager's style get the best out of our current player pool?"
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Can Kenny McLean shine in the Premier League? Norwich City’s Scottish midfielder Kenny McLean joined the club with a fair amount of fanfare last summer, having previously impressed in Scotland with Aberdeen and prior to that St Mirren. McLean is a one-time teammate of former Canary James Maddison, who spent the first half of 2016/17 … Continue reading Can Kenny McLean shine in the Premier League?
It is amazing to think that some people still don’t know about the leagues outwith our SPFL. The Lowland League, sitting just below League 2, has now started to cause some waves with eye-opening transfers and ambitious ex-Junior sides pushing to join the traditional “big” leagues. So – the question is, if you’re going to … Continue reading The Low Down – 5 Lowland League Players to watch out for
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