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Israel v Scotland - a good time to take control of the NL group!
IMO wrong choice of manager and tonight's 1-3 loss v 10 changes Portugal piles even more pressure on Ecky although the performance was reasonable in the 1st hour of this friendly international match. After that, some quality Portuguese substitutions and some dreadful Scot defending contributed to another duff result for Ecky. Lose v Albania next month and the "knives will be out"!
Better formation the night and as a result we did ok first 30 mins but portugal created all the best chances and deserved tp win. Our defending was absolutely rotten. I never thought i'd be longing for the return of berra and chico mulgrew at CB but thats where we are right now.

We need results v albania (a) and israel (h) If we don't get them eck can GTF.
McLeish is not a great choice of manager for our International team primarily because having been an Aberdeen player and former Rangers manager he will never be accepted by Celtic or their fans. Gordon Strachan met a similar fate, even although he guided Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League, he was never taken into the "Celtic family" Two players who under Alex Ferguson heaped numerous defeats on the old firm in the 80`s. and are still looked down upon.
The big trouble the SFA have is finding a manager everybody will co operate with to help build and improve the Scotland team. I doubt if any such man exists.
I'd love to swap McLeish for Jurgen Klopp just for 3 consecutive Scotland international matches! My reason? Just to prove the point that McLeish is nothing special as a manager and an inspiring, dynamic guy like Klopp would no doubt get the best out of the players we have at the moment! It's clearly a "pipe dream" but I just don't see Ecky coming out of this crisis very well. He had a chance to impose a strong Scotland "marker" in Israel on this NL group and failed miserably. Albania will define his 2nd term with Scotland and I'm not "holding my breath" in anticipation! I just hope my "gut feeling" is wrong in this case and maybe Lady Luck will favour Scotland a wee bit.

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