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If Gordon Strachan was seeking deflection from Scotland’s latest tale of woe, he is at least due credit for original thinking. Had Strachan’s players displayed the same elements of stunning creativity that the 60-year-old did in the immediate aftermath of a harrowing evening in Ljubljana, Scotland would still be part of the 2018 World Cup equation.
Whereas Strachan’s reputation had been partly restored by a run which took Scotland – a previously ragged, dysfunctional Scotland – to the brink of a play-off spot,
collateral damage appeared once more on Sunday evening. The tossing away of a 1-0 lead with an abject second-half display against Slovenia was bad enough before Strachan entered the crazy world of managerial make-believe.
Strachan’s unwillingness to accept responsibility or to criticise players for recurring failings is a typical theme but the manager raised eyebrows with the insistence that “genetics” are hugely significant as Scotland lurch from one international crisis to another.
Let us visit the fundamental football issues which have undermined Strachan’s tenure later. Billy Hamilton Youth Jersey First it is imperative to revisit his delving into matters of biological science.
“Technically we’re fine,” Strachan said. “But our guys have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at six foot three. Genetically we are behind. In the last campaign we were the second smallest squad behind Spain. That means that I had to pick a team tonight to try and combat their height and strength. Even at that, we couldn’t combat their height and strength at set plays. Genetically, we have to work at things. It is a problem for us.
“We have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher because it is easier for these type of guys. Physically, we have a problem against the teams we have faced in the last couple of years.”
Memo to Scottish youth coaches: deliver us big, physical laddies or we are in the doldrums forever.
Presumably the addendum was a joke, otherwise Strachan was pointing towards selective breeding: Brandon Moss Youth Jersey “Maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do.”
Those tiny Spaniards, eh? What have they ever achieved? Strachan himself, all 5ft 6in of him, won 50 caps, scored in a World Cup and claimed a host of honours on both sides of the border. Kenny Dalglish was 5ft 8in, for goodness sake; he, like Strachan, played at a time when opponents could assault attacking players in a manner far removed from the current era.
Further inspection of Strachan’s quotes highlight their nonsensical nature. It will be a stunning surprise to the populations of Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland that Scots emerge from an inferior gene pool. All of those nations appeared at Euro 2016, with the Republic emerging from Scotland’s qualifying group. Strachan’s men lost miserably to Georgia’s Galácticos in a key qualifying match.


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