Monday, 10 September 2012

Scotland 0 v Serbia 0

A point was more than I expected from this match beforehand but it was a disappointment having seen how little the Serbs had to offer. A chorus of boos at the final whistle were directed at Craig Levein whose lack of ambition saw us playing with one up front and the ineffective Morrison in the hole behind. Kenny Miller ran his legs off again but we needed something more and Levein left it too late to make the changes required.

There was an astonishing clamour for Jordan Rhodes on the hour and it grew until he was introduced for the last ten minutes. He really does appear to have caught the imagination but the laughable comments about him eventually over-taking Dennis Law's scoring record for Scotland were nearly as amusing as the comparison on Radio Five last week with Ian Rush.

On the walk back into town after the match I listened to a debate about whether or not "the English" Rhodes should be wearing blue and had a smile when the conversation turned to Jonjo Shelvey. The verdict was that Jonjo should be entitled if his Granny was from Edinburgh, although I was slightly puzzled why the debate had started in the first place as Rhodes' father was a Scot.

Tuesday's home game against Macedonia now looks like a potential banana skin after they were only edged out 1-0 in Croatia. Craig Levein will have to be more attacking or he could face am early exit from his position. I have bought tickets for the five home qualifiers and am booked to Brussels next month. I only hope our interest in this competition is extended into the games next year.

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