Tag Archives: Billy Stark

Scotland

A year to forget

The year 2012 will not be looked back on with fond memories for Scotland. Only two wins from eight games, not a single one in competitive action, and yet another major tournament passing us by with noses pressed up against the window. Only if you’re into football betting and laid on the inevitability of Craig Levein’s eventual sacking can you have taken any satisfaction from the year as a Scotland fan.

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Friendlies

Match review: Luxembourg 1-2 Scotland

Scotland fans weren’t asking for too much last night, they weren’t expecting a goals avalanche or some tiki-taka themed football. Just a reason or two to look to the future and say “well maybe it’s not that bad”. Perhaps it wasn’t the fixture to look for it, after all most people had derided the fixture in some shape way or form over the last week. It was a waste of time to take on a minnow, what’s the point of picking the old guard, and then conversely when a clutch of those first choices threw a sickie, what’s the point of picking guys like Shinnie, Barr and Kelly?

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Friendlies

Match preview: Luxembourg v Scotland

On Wednesday night Scotland travel to Luxembourg to take part in a friendly that, frankly, few of their fans are enticed by. The first game of the post Craig Levein era seems somewhat of a damp squib with Billy Stark in caretaker charge and with little chance of landing the job on a permanent basis.

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Under-21s

Under-21s: Austria v Scotland

Scotland’s Under-21 side go into tonight’s game against Austria at the Cashpoint-Arena in Altach with a realistic chance of qualifying for the play-off round as one of the four best second placed sides. A 3-0 win over Luxembourg on Saturday, with all the goals at St. Mirren Park coming in the second half, kept alive their hopes of being one of the eight sides to reach the finals in Israel next summer.

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Under-21s

Under-21s: Scotland 0-0 Netherlands

On Wednesday evening something a little odd happened. There was as much interest in the fortunes of the Scotland Under-21 team as there was in the senior side. Having beaten the Netherlands in Nijmegen in November, there was a sense of anticipation surrounding the return fixture, not least because a win would have sent Billy Stark’s men top of their group.

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