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Scotland fight back to draw 2-2 with Austria

Scotland came from behind twice on Thursday night to rescue a point in their opening World Cup qualifier against Austria at Hampden Park.After a muted first half in which the hosts largely disappointed, the game sparked into life after the interval and provided a second-half with goalmouth action and controversy. In a post-match interview with […]

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Scotland v Serbia – one fan’s perspective

Scotland v Serbia was potentially the tensest 120-odd minutes this country has ever experienced. Up and down the nation, people tuned in to watch the men’s national team as, for the first time in 22 years, we had a sniff of qualifying for a competition. The team is often described as experts in ‘snatching defeat […]

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Glasgow who? Our guide to Scottish football media

When most people think of Scottish Football, they think of two Glaswegian teams in particular. Unfortunately for Partick Thistle fans, that means Celtic and Rangers. The Old Firm dominate the discussion around the Scottish game for a reason, but it is not a good one. As is too often in modern football, money is what […]

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Huge gulf in class between England and Scotland as Euro qualifiers commence

England 5-0 Czech Republic; Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland. The contrast could not be starker.  Less than 24 hours after Scotland slumped to what many have deemed their worst defeat in history, England hit five at Wembley for the first time since 2014.  A plastic pitch, a long way to travel – the Scottish excuses are simply […]

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McLeish sparks optimism on his return as national manager

As the Scotland team dejectedly walked off the pitch in Ljubljana back in October following their 2-2 draw to Slovenia, a late Robert Snodgrass equaliser was not enough to see Scotland clinch that ever-elusive play-off spot. Following three consecutive victories against Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia, thousands of Scotland fans descended upon the Slovenian capital knowing […]

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Best and worst football stadiums

With the proliferation of standardised sterilised stadia, which ones are the best, and which ones are the worst? Best Everton – Goodison Park Oh I do love pillars me, and there’s genuinely something quite brilliant about knowing that there is a chance of only seeing 30% of the pitch. It remains one of the best […]

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Scotland return to winning ways against Slovenia

When Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his players arrived at Hampden for their clash with second placed Slovenia, who had collected eight points from their opening four games, the pressure was on. Prior to the match, Strachan claimed that this game was a ‘must-win’ and that Scotland’s chances of qualifying for the Fifa World Cup […]