Steve Clarke’s dismal showing in his first five matches as the national coach set me thinking.
As a country we seem bereft of talent but is that really true?
The selection of players is all to reactionary and there seems no forward strategy or planning.
Clarke seems to pick players on singular talent and press hype rather than their purpose in the team.
It is so haphazard and any plan seems to be formed on press reaction to previous dismal showing.
Andy Robertson is regarded as one of the better players in the EPL but yet looks totally out of his depth in a Scotland shirt even against modest opposition.
Why is this?
A lack of clarity in role and useless teammates are part of the issue but not the complete reason.
He is well coached by Klopp at Liverpool and is an aggressive and top class performer against excellent opponents in the Champions league.
Is Clarkes inability to define players role and implement a simple system making it impossible for players to fulfill their potential?
Was Clarkes success due to the lack of talent in the coaching ranks in the SPL?
Is the lack of purpose a real problem fo the r Scottish game?
Our teams seem to show a lack of purpose against better opponents.
Our recruitment of coaches suggests nepotism and little purpose.
The SFA are clearly unfit for any purpose as they have presided over the decline of Scottish football for decades with zero introspection or accountability.
That our referee’s lack the impartiality to apply the rules of the modern game they are not fit for purpose.
Our media”s sole purpose seems to be to try and create a successful Sevco to the detriment of our national sport.
They and their cosy relationship in seeking the same outcome desired by blazers are reason for their avoidance of pointing out the real issue hastening the demise of our national sport.
Celtic have had some very talented players in recent years who have looked lost at times against European sides.
Even the highly praised Van Djirk had quite a few stinkers in Europe.
Is it the poor level of coaching and opponents in the SPL that makes the step up to international football difficult?
Do our players not have the intellect, understanding or coaching of the game at International level?
There is no easy answer or solution to all of the above issues but until clubs show ambition to enter the modern football landscape nothing will change.
Plastic pitches are not solely used for financial reasons and that being allowed is a travesty.
Celtic despite being in the top 60 wealthiest clubs in the world show the same ambition as the rest of the SPL and refuse to take a leadership role.
That they allow small minded huns to dominate the SFA/SPL leadership landscape for profit is the real tragedy.
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