WELCOME to ‘FEEDBACK FRIDAY’ which will be an occasional feature to kick off the weekend and give football fans the opportunity to have their say on topical events, make comments, frank or frivolous, put forward opinions or, basically, simply vent their spleen.

To get the ball rolling is JACK McCALL who has informed us Scotland’s most worthwhile player wasn’t even on the park in the 4-0 battering from Belgium on Monday. He insists:

“If we somehow get through to the Euro 2020 Finals next summer, we should strike a medal for James Forrest.

“You would have to ask Steve Clarke why the Celtic player didn’t play against the Belgians, but we should never forget what he contributed in the European Nations Cup-ties that could allow us to sneak through in the play-offs in March.

BACK OF THE NET…James Forrest hits the deck as he strikes the second of his three goals against Israel in the 3-2 win.

“It was Forrest’s two goals against Albania and his hat-trick against Israel back in November that helped us to six points to win the section.

“So, fingers crossed, when we are lining up to play in our first international major finals next year, I hope we all hail the Hoops star.”

Ed says: Fair point, Jack – which is more than Scotland could manage in their last three Euro 2020 games.

Next up is CRAIG ANDERSON who has solid views on our international team and Kenny Miller’s blast at the lack of players coming through the Rangers academy, as reported in Scotzine yesterday.

Replying to Scotzine’s comment that stated Scotland’s Euro 2020 bid was being relaunched from quicksand after the disastrous 3-0 loss against Kazakhstan, Craig had this to say:

“Can’t disagree with any of that. I actually got angry with that last night. Belgium are a superior nation, no question, but where was the heart, the desire, the passion, the defence?”

He followed up to remark on Miller’s statement about the paucity of fresh faces emerging down Govan way.

“They get as far as making a handful of appearances and they are either loaned out or sold on. The time to blood them was in Division 3, but Rangers again decided to throw money at it instead of build their way out.”

Ed says: There were a lot of things missing at Hampden against Roberto Martinez’s team of all-stars – mainly goals from Scotland. As for Rangers, the best youngster they’ve had in years was Billy Gilmour and he left for Chelsea where he has just signed a new four-year deal as is reported elsewhere in Scotzine today.

MAKING A POINT…Gordon Strachan shouts instructions from the touchline in a World Cup qualifier in 2017.

Back on the international front, AMANDA HARRIS has an interesting viewpoint – let’s bring back Gordon Strachan and bring in Graeme Souness and make them co-managers.

“I bet we’re regretting get rid of Wee Gordon now,” she tells us. “Alex McLeish was a disaster and Steve Clarke has lost three out of four. Not good enough.

“And who knows more about football than Souey who makes valid points every week on Sky Sports?

“Having joint-bosses works okay at Ross County where they have Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell, so why not Strachan and Souness at Scotland?”

Ed says: GS and GS could be a godsend, Amanda? 

ADAM SAMPSON keeps it short and asks: “Does anyone know what George Burley is doing these days?”

Ed says: I’m not sure what he was doing between January 2008 and November 2009.

RONNIE MELVIN bodyswerves all things Hampden to look at the Premiership.

“Aberdeen will rue the day they allowed Stevie May to leave for nothing,” he informs us. “They scrapped two years of his contract to allow him to return to St Johnstone.

“He’ll be in the top five goalscorers by the end of the season, mark my words.”

Ed says: Your words are marked, Ronnie.

* FEEDBACK FRIDAY will be back some time in the near future, folks. If you have anything you want to get off your chest, please feel free to contact us at: scotzine1@gmail.com


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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