For all the players that Scottish football has produced over the years, to have qualified for only 2 European Championships is a major underachievement. Scottish players like Danglish, Law and Strachan have dazzled the world only to fail to live up to expectations. Thursday represents Scotland’s few and far between chances to make it to their third Euros against Serbia in a playoff. Scotland travel to Belgrade with a host of premier league stars , Captain Andy Robertson,McTominay and Leeds United’s Liam Cooper ably assisted by Rangers and Celtic players such as Leigh Griffiths. Serbia on the other hand have got their own big hitters such as Mitrovic the big target man from Fulham and Ajax playmaker Dusan Tadic. If Scotland are to win this game their defence needs to be water tight with no silly mistakes which has been their downfall in recent qualifiers.
Although Scottish football has exported good talent abroad over the years, its the quality of their premiership that has put a damper on the national teams competitiveness. Celtic and Rangers are the only teams exposed to some kind of competitive European competition although they have not impressed this campaign. The coach therefore has quite a small pool of players to choose from locally. He therefore has to cross the border to England to look for players with Scottish origins born there to bolster his team. How Scotland would like to reach the heights below.