Saturday, August 27, 2011

SPL: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Apparently Alex Salmond’s Scottish Government have rushed through emergency legislation declaring that every football article written must include reference to Scottish football’s darkest hour.

So be it.

Scotland manager Craig Levein assured us yesterday that the Scottish game would bounce back from the trials of Thursday night.

Sadly the squad he’s picked for the upcoming “crucial double header” (Copyright: The world and his dug) includes only four SPL players.

None of them from outside the Old Firm. The revolution might be televised. But it won’t be instant.

A return though for Darren Fletcher. Still very short of game time but proof of how integral to his plans Levein considers his captain.

Not universally loved though. I was surprised at the vitriol that greeted the squad announcement on Twitter.

One seemed to suggest that the inclusion of Fletcher sums up what’s wrong with Scottish football in this week of woe.

Aye, right. A footballer that lacks the talent of some of his more celebrated Manchester United colleagues - although he’s no slouch - who has shown how modesty combined with application, dedication, hard work can allow you to go head to head with some of the best of the world. And often come out on top.

That’s whats wrong with Scottish football? I’d suggest anyone who thinks that should look a bit closer to home to identify our failings.

Lithuania and Czech Republic await. Crucially. Still a round of domestic games to get through first though. Briefly

Dunfermline v Motherwell

The high fliers lost a bit of height against Rangers last week while Dunfermline’s start to the season has suggested that confidence in Fife has not been entirely misplaced. Two away wins on the bounce - we’ll gloss over the midweek defeat to East Fife - and still undefeated. That’ll do nicely thanks.

How will Motherwell rebound from that defeat to Rangers. They brushed past Clyde in the League Cup but today’s a sterner test.

Draw.

Inverness CT v Kilmarnock

The struggle continues for Inverness while Kilmarnock must be pleased with their progress under Kenny Shiels considering the big rebuilding job he has had to contend with.

Away win.

St Johnstone v Dundee United

A draw. And maybe even a goalless one at that.

Apologies for the unusual brevity. I'm off to shout abuse at Tam Cowan.