Scot­land is a sad state of af­fairs

Evening Times - - SPORT LAST WORD -

IT is safe to say that there is not a lot of en­thu­si­asm for Scot­land’s dou­ble-header with Cyprus and Kaza­khstan and there seems to be a bit of ap­a­thy around the na­tional team at present. That is sad to see.

There will be fans that were reg­u­lars at Scot­land games for years and years that won’t be at these two qual­i­fiers and it is dif­fi­cult to be pos­i­tive about Steve Clarke’s side right now.

The only good thing at present is that we have these play-offs com­ing up and a cou­ple of re­sults over the com­ing days would give the team a boost go­ing into those fix­tures.

Steve has lost a hand­ful of play­ers that would have started both games in an ideal world so he is go­ing into them in a re­ally dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. He is still the right man for the job, but he needs pos­i­tive re­sults and to show signs of progress soon.

If Scot­land can get a cou­ple of wins, that would give ev­ery­one a lift and hope­fully raise en­thu­si­asm lev­els for the na­tional side again to get us mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

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