After a couple of good results, Laura Brannan thinks there should be a little more satisfaction with the progress of Scotland…
Scotland have emerged from their latest round of Nations League games with four points from two fixtures and they sit atop their group.
But instead of joy at these positive results, the aftermath has been largely greeted with handwringing about their performances in those games.
However Laura Brannan – committed follower of the national team in precedented times – thinks that Scotland should accept the level that they are at and be grateful for the points.
She said on this week’s edition of The Totally Scottish Football Show:
“Around this time of year I get a lot of Facebook ‘on this day’ posts, and they’re always from double-header away trips, and all the memories from different Scotland trips. It’s always the same complaint: “yes, we played really well, but we didn’t get the results – why is everyone still happy about this?”
“I felt like I was the only one saying: that’s not good enough. I don’t care how badly we play, I just want the points. Then we’ll worry about the performance afterwards.
“Now, that’s what’s happening: we’re getting all the luck for some reason, and everyone’s a bit like: “I’m not very happy, it’s not very good” – what do you want?
“We’re so caught up in this injustice of “we haven’t qualified for two decades, we’re always cheated out of it, we’ve no luck on our side” – we forget that we’re not a big nation, we’re not a good football team in that sense. We’re never going to be ‘up there.’
“Sometimes we punch above our weight, and sometimes we have been cheated out of it. But do you think teams like Lithuania, Moldova, Malta – are coming away with four points from six and analysing what went wrong and complaining it wasn’t good enough? We need to accept we’re at that level now.”
Andrew Slaven though, wants a little more:
“Andrew Robertson was asking for positivity, but the only positive coming from the Scotland came right now is results. I get it, but I just want to believe we’re a good team.”
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