It is now two weeks since Gordon Strachan announced his Scotland squads for the friendly fixtures on 24 and 29 March.
During that time we have seen wailing, whining and wibbling from Sevco and its adoring media about the fact that not one Sevco starlet was called up for the games. The apparent outrage at a gargantuan sense of entitlement not being satisfied could probably fill a library’s worth of psychology and sociology text books.
Or at least three Clumpany blogs:
But guess what? They are still banging on about it today! In the Evening Shark-Jump. [Where else?]
The first few paragraphs of the c̶o̶m̶f̶o̶r̶t̶ ̶b̶l̶a̶n̶k̶e̶t̶ article are all you need to see in order to get the idea.
“RANGERS captain Lee Wallace has been reassured he is ‘knocking on the door’ of the Scotland team, according to Stuart McCall.
The left-back was left out of both squads for the upcoming double header against Czech Republic as Hull’s Andrew Robertson and Celtic wonderkid Kieran Tierney were called up.
His omission has caused a stir among the Rangers support, with Ibrox boss Mark Warburton also proclaiming his surprise at the decision.
However, speaking to Shark-Jump Times, former Gers boss and current Scotland first team coach McCall has hinted the Light Blues skipper could be included when the Scotland team reconvenes to play Italy and France in May and June if he continues to be a stand out for the Championship leaders.
He said: ‘I think for Lee he has been very consistent this season. But if you look at our squad, Gordon’s only gone for two out and out full-backs in Robertson, who is a stalwart now, and the boy Tierney. At 18, it’s a good chance to have a look at him and he’s been playing consistently well for Celtic.
I think Lee can consider himself unfortunate not to be involved, but Derek McInnes will be saying the same about Graeme Shinnie.'”
McCall doesn’t say anything that Strachan hasn’t already explained, but that hasn’t stopped the Evening Shark-Jump from prolonging this bizarre tale of grievance by dangling the possibility of Strachan picking the ‘right’ players in future.
Heaven help Strachan if he ignores Sevco players next time, though. We could end up seeing postcard protests, a march on his office when he isn’t there, and some particularly Sevcophantic tweets from Scotland’s finest journalists.
You’ve been warned Gordon!
Meanwhile, The Clumpany was pleased to see Celtic invited to participate in this summer’s prestigious International Champions Cup. Participation will give the players some useful game-time against illustrious teams (and Leicester City 😉), generate extra cash and give the fans something to look forward to during the summer months.
The schedule and team selections will (obviously) need to be carefully managed so as to help rather than hinder what will hopefully be a Champions League qualifying campaign. However, I don’t see that being an insurmountable challenge. Indeed it is a challenge that a serious professional outfit with Celtic’s history should relish and rise to.
It is quite a coup for Scottish football to have a club participating in the competition. It means that Scottish football remains ‘on the map’ at a time when its coefficient is declining and its national side continues to struggle.
It’s a good news story and should be celebrated as such. There may be some who are unaccustomed to writing glowing copy about Celtic when the imagined other half of the ‘Old Firm’ has not received a similar invitation. And they may struggle do justice to the unadulteratedly positive story. That’s fair enough.
However, I hope they remember that it isn’t Celtic’s fault that they won the European Cup, paid their bills and made friends by not leaving devastation in their wake as they travelled the continent.
Oh wait, that IS Celtic’s fault!
Well played lads. Enjoy the summer tournament! You deserve it!
And before I sign off, allow me to wish the totally brilliant Bertie Auld a very Happy Birthday. A man who practically buzzes with his love of life and Celtic.
Bertie is one of those rare people who you don’t even need to see in order to end up smiling. The mere mention of his name is enough.