Not one Hotline caller had cause for optimism ahead of our European Championship playoff semi-final versus Israel

In typical times a Scotland win on the road to the Czech Republic to top our Nations League group would be factor to start screaming from the roofs.

Sadly, the Tartan Army isn’t in a celebratory state of mind after scraping an outcome against a side thrown up at the last minute and including simply two topped gamers.

Not one Hotline caller had cause for optimism ahead of our European Champion playoff semi-final against Israel at Hampden on October 8.

Stephen Mulhern, Dumbarton, stated: “If it wasn’t for keeper David Marshall’s performance, Steve Clarke’s position would have been untenable. The only favorable drawn from the match was the efficiency of Lyndon Dykes and as a Celtic fan I am relieved that Rangers never ever followed up their interest in him.”

Brian Duff, Fife, said: “Scotland have actually scored three goals in 2 games and 2 of them have actually come through dodgy penalties.

” In the corridors of power at Hampden some will believe we are world beaters and that I fear is the problem.

” Darren Fletcher says we have great objective scoring midfielders but not in the blue jerseys of Scotland.

” Andy Robertson says we’re top of the group so we can’t complain. Oh yes we can.”

James Forsyth, Bellshill, said: “Major question. Is Clarke a great supervisor or a lucky one? I’m basing this on Scotland’s current efficiencies. The defence was left exposed all video game.”

Robert Pender, emailed: “Does Clarke ever smile? The absence of energy and favorable vibes from him seems to have fallen on the team. Dull, dull and with no character.”

John Bruce emailed: “In spite of the triumph, this was yet another woeful performance from Scotland that saw them beat and outfought by a whole group that didn’t know each other, as it was patched together 24 hr prior to the video game, along with their stand-in manager. Clarke complained about only having three days with his team.

” The Czechs had more efforts on objective, more shots on target, struck the woodwork twice, missed out on a caretaker and had Scotland holding on nervously at the end. Thank goodness it wasn’t their very first XI.

” Clarke’s dour manner is written all over his group as it’s as dull as dishwater. We can currently see Scotland’s possibilities of making meaningful development in any competition going down the drain.”

Scott Gowers, Edinburgh, stated: “After 2 games Scotland might top the group but reasonably we ought to be in a group with San Marino and Gibraltar, that is our level.

” We handled a makeshift third choice Czech Republic side and were incredibly fortunate to come away with anything and the Israel video game was similarly humiliating.

” The supervisor and players truly need to have an excellent tough take a look at themselves and think about their futures. No battle, no desire and no class, the only thing we have is a ball-greedy Ryan Christie and although he scores penalties, his lack of an easy pass to players who are clear will cost us video games.”

Peter Mcvicar, Port Glasgow, stated: “If Scotland persist with that back three, some half-decent group will hammer them. What’s happened to the enthusiasm in the group? All they wish to do is pass the ball in reverse and it’s just as well we have an excellent goalkeeper in Marshall.”

John Thomson, emailed: “With 12 minutes gone, we are 1-0 to a team that was assembled, trained and discussed tactics for the very first time ever together at the weekend. They have actually revealed us up for what we are a group, totally clueless in techniques, technical capability and will to win.

” We have no leaders in our team, we have gamers whose first touch is like a pass. The only way we will ever receive the lasts of a major competitors once again is if we are the host country.

” We have become too predictable to bet, teams know if they being in against us we don’t know how to break them down. We have to ditch the coaching handbooks and let players have flexibility to reveal themselves.”

Steven Richardson, emailed: “Hotline caller Brian McColligan said a great advert for Scotland would be to field a side complete of Celtic gamers. If the exact same Celtic group stopped working in Europe then how can the very same gamers be good enough for Scotland.

” The only method Scotland will be any excellent is to discover 9 gamers to play alongside Robertson and Kieran Tierney, then they simply might appear like a good group.”