International Friendly: Scotland Home v Scotland Away


Over the years Scotland have played some meaningless friendlies, which have cost the side valuable co-efficient points. So rather than facing another country which could cost Scotland further misery to gain valuable match practice, why not gather together ALL of the Scotland players, who are good enough to play for the Scotland first team and let them play one another? A match that could also raise valuable funds for a specific charity as well.

A sort of Scotland HOME side versus a Scotland AWAY side. As it states the HOME side would be made up of players that currently ply their trade in Scotland, while the AWAY side is made up of players in England or abroad.

And rather than having Craig Levein managing one side or the other, he could sit in the stands and watch his players being managed by a Scotland manager of yester-year and aided by an assistant selected by that manager.

Scotland HOME

As I stated, a Scotland HOME side would be managed by a former Scotland manager, who better than Walter Smith aided by the last man to take Scotland to a major championship – Craig Brown.

This experienced duo could draw a team from the following squad: Allan McGregor, Mark Wilson, Andy Webster, Garry Kenneth, Lee Wallace, Scott Brown, Steven Whittaker, Kris Commons, Steven Naismith, Jamie Murphy, David Goodwillie, Cammy Bell, Shaun Maloney, Gregg Wylde, Kirk Broadfoot, David Templeton, Murray Davidson and James Forrest.

Scotland AWAY

A Scotland AWAY side could be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson and assisted by David Moyes, selecting players from a squad of: Craig Gordon, Alan Hutton, Gary Caldwell, Christophe Berra, Phil Bardsley, Darren Fletcher, Charlie Adam, Graham Dorrans, James McArthur, Kenny Miller, Steven Fletcher, Matt Gilks, Danny Wilson, Robert Snodgrass, James Morrison, Grant Hanley, Barry Bannan and Chris Maguire.

Obviously the game would be played at Hampden Park, with tickets at an affordable price to see the stadium packed to the rafters and on a Saturday, rather than squeezed into the fixture schedule in midweek.

What are your thoughts on this?


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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