Mickey Thomas boldly stated on the BBC that the current Scotland team is “the worst team Scotland have ever had,” before correctly predicting that they would lose to Wales. So is he right?
This current team has struggled for a while now and it's nothing new. Gordon Strachan has been hired to get more from the players and instil more confidence but is it fair to brand them the worst of any Scotland team?
Obviously the players have nothing on the likes of Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and co. These were top quality players who happened to be playing for top teams, domestically and in Europe.
Scotland simply do not have that anymore, the current crop of players come from Scottish teams way behind other European leagues or Championship clubs such as Birmingham, Cardiff and Burnley.
This is the problem for the Scots; the talent pool right now is not good enough. There are some shining lights - Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown in midfield look a heck of a lot better than many international midfielders. They also have a number of youngsters coming through; most already present in the full senior side.
But age is a burden upon a national side. Older players have more experience and can help guide the younger players but at the moment I don't see many key figures.
Let's take Charlie Adam, a clever player with skills to distribute the ball, shoot, hit set pieces and grab a goal or two. He isn't performing for them and has been very poor in this qualifying section - especially against Wales.
If you may remember it was his failure to track Gareth Bale that led to the Spurs star’s winner. Adams ability is known but he has failed to step up in the absences of key players in this side and may well be fearful of his place when and if the injured midfielders return.
One bright spark for Scotland on Friday night was the performance of Robert Snodgrass, certainly up until the point where the tricky winger got himself booked for the second time with a late challenge which subsequently led to a penalty which turned the game on it's head. However the Norwich man looked smart on the wing for Scotland and was very positive. He was very unlucky not to put Scotland 2-0 up with a curling shot which hit the woodwork.
With this campaign now certainly written off, Strachan should use it now to tinker with tactics and find his best team. They can try to achieve some results which will be hard considering fixtures with Croatia, Serbia and Belgium to come but soon focus will have to be on the 2016 European Championships.
To brand this team the worst ever is unfair. A new regime has just begun and it takes time, players are out and to be fair they have been unlucky at times. But they certainly need to buck up their ideas if they are to qualify for a major tournament again.
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