Another Dream Bites The Dust.

It looks like the dream of going to Brazil with the Tartan Army for the World Cup in 2014 is over, finito, deid.  The dream is no more, it is an ex-dream.  I have absolutely no idea what made me have any kind of hope or optimism in the first place.  I should know better by now ffs.

Ironically, we played better in defeat that we did in our previous two drawn games.  We could claim we were robbed in being beaten 2-1 by Wales, a perfectly good goal was disallowed, and the Welsh looked lost til they got a rather dodgy penalty ten minutes from time.  But that would only distract from the main problems – we have a joke as a Manager, the S.F.A. needs a radical overhaul, and the grassroots of the game in Scotland needs major surgery.

To restore some pride in our national sport, maybe we need to vote YES in this referendum on independence.  Look what independence has done for small nations like Croatia.  How a man like Craig Levein, who not only lacks tactical acumen, but also is reported to be a staunch Unionist opposed to Scottish independence, can instill national pride in a squad is beyond me.  Get him gone, NOW.  Along with all those others in the S.F.A. who think we Scots are incapable of governing, or achieving anything by ourselves.

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Beautiful Things #1.

I have decided to start taking more notice of the beautiful things in life.  One of the most beautiful things I have seen this past week has been this short video.  (now a working link)

Everton tribute to the 96 who died at Hillsborough by emmysguysandgals

Beauty can come from the most ugly of things.  What happened at Hillsborough 23 years ago was an ugly thing.  The lies told about it were ugly, and the truth revealed this past week is rather ugly too.  But this tribute by Everton FC to the campaign for truth and justice by the families of the 96 dead Liverpool supporters is both beautiful and quite moving.  It brought a lump to my throat anyway.  Despite everything, never forget that  there is real goddam human decency out there, even in football.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/hillsborough–police-did-doctor-evidence-in-bid-to-avoid-blame-8126233.html

http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/make-hillsborough-disaster-s-guilty-parties-pay-liverpool-captain-1-4954267

Scotland 1, Macedonia 1. (Bring back Bertie, All Is Forgiven)

How Scotland escaped from the game last night with a draw is a complete mystery to me.  Macedonia were excellent, with Goran Pandev in particular outstanding.  They must be returning to Skopje today wondering how the hell they did not leave Glasgow with all three points.  We are only five days into a qualifying campaign that runs over 13 months, and hope is evaporating fast.  Under Craig Levein’s stewardship Scotland will not have a hope in hell of getting to Brazil in 2014.

He must go, now.  The next match is away to Wales in October.  This is a game we MUST win now.  It is also a game I am quite keen to go to, but I am struggling to arouse any enthusiasm after the last two inept displays.  Three wins in ten competitive matches is not good enough.  Craig Levein is completely out of his depth, and if the man had a shred of self-awareness he would know this.

Last night’s attendance was reportedly the lowest Hampden has seen for a competitive match in many years.  This shows the lack of faith the Tartan Army currently has in it’s manager.  With the limited resources at our disposal, it is a form of suicide to persist with a man who can’t even keep the ’12th man’ onside.  We need inspired and reinvigorated.  Craig Levein is not the man to do that.

Bring back Bertie!  All is forgiven!