Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Scotland v Northern Ireland: McArthur's Magic Moment


Cross or shot?

Who cares?

Either way James McArthur - a last minute replacement for Scott Brown - made quite an impact to mark his first Scotland start.

McArthur, Kenny Miller and Kris Commons got the goals as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in Dublin.

A good start to our first Carling Nations Cup campaign. Northern Ireland weren't great but Scotland were quietly impressive. And we've not always taken advantage of failings in the opposition.

So a heartening night. Weaknesses persist. But could we be seeing the emergence of a number of players who can actually provide the nucleus of a decent squad in the next few years?

I'm in danger of being optimistic...