They say a week is a long time in politics. Well the same can be said of Scottish Football. Last week I travelled to Hampden in trepidation that our qualifying campaign for the World Cup was about to be ended by Slovenia . Gordon Strachan was battling to save his job.But in typical fashion we pulled out the hat a performance when we had been written off. Leigh Griffiths hitting the woodwork twice and a disallowed goal seemed to signal that lady luck was not going to be on our side once again. But step forward the unlikely hero, Chris Martin. A man most Scotland fans would rather have his namesake’s wife Gwyneth Paltrow playing instead. The substitution was widely booed by the Hampden faithful but wee Gordon had the last laugh. as did Chris Martin when he latched on to delightful Stuart Armstrong pass and calmly dispatched past the Slovenian goalkeeper in the 87th minute. This sent the Tartan Army into delirium as is the case with the Scotland national team there is no middle ground we live in a state of despair or euphoria. When the chips were down the Scottish football team produced a tremendous performance to relight the path to Russia. Match Report
Many in the run up had questioned the team selections of Gordon Strachan and his doggedness to play his favourites rather than those on form. Well he pulled an absolute master stroke. At a time when confidence was lacking he picked 6 Celtic players who were not lacking in confidence and know each other well. This enabled a strong core in the team which could be built around. The real diamond was the inclusion of Stuart Armstrong a player who is at the top his game and pulling the strings for Celtic. Well he was able to come in and play with no inhibition at a higher level than the SPFL. It really stuck it to those that try to dismiss the standard of our domestic game. It really shows that if players are playing and with confidence that is far more important than wasted talent on a clubs bench when it comes to the national team.
Just as we were getting back down to earth after the international break comes the Hibs v Morton match. A match which was a top the league clash although Hibs were 10 points ahead it could have relit the championship title race. It turned out to be quite an eventful 1-1 each draw. Two sending offs and the managers involved in an angry fracas in injury time. Neil Lennon and Jim Duffy both experienced managers were seen to be held back by their own players from coming to blows.Highlight video
Neil Lennon in his normal combative manner defended his actions at post match press conference. Siting the Morton player Oyenuga for play acting something that tv evidence supports. Jim Duffy was equally as bullish in his defense. All this has done is ratchet up the tension for the next match in a couple of weeks at Cappielow.
Finally Friday football excitement came back with a bang. The media were already crowning Celtic as champions and predicting that Aberdeen may throw the league away early. But in a game on paper which should have been tough for Aberdeen, instead they won 7-0. It was another unlikely hero which made the headlines. Andrew Considine. a player who is Aberdeen through and through.In the past Aberdeen fans have given him some stick and he has been prone to some defensive mistakes. But in last two years he has become a dependable player, wherever he is asked to play he does it with no fuss. Nobody though would have predicted Andrew Considine playing at left back would score a hat trick. It was Roy of the Rovers stuff especially a day before his birthday. Many Aberdeen fans are saying this was the best performance in years. It certainly was a good way to start the weekend and end an eventful week Scottish football
This was just three of the stories this week. A few weeks ago a certain journalist was asking what the point is of Scottish Football is. Well after a week like this one it is evident why Scottish football is so addictive to many, as the theatre and drama has to be seen to be believed.