Guard stands tall
and the outstanding James Forrest, into the game played a huge part in this win.
Fletcher will never get you a barrowload of goals; however, if you want the team to have a focal point up front, an intelligent centreforward in possession of a lovely touch, who is great in the air and difficult to play against, then this is your man.
Certainly, he’s the best Scotland have who can play that position in a certain way.
Maybe Fraser and Forrest would have had good games anyway, they both are enjoying their best seasons, but they were allowed to get into better areas because Fletcher took one, sometimes two defenders with him.
He deserved to score from the penalty. His work rate in the first half was brilliant and he will start against Israel.
OK, it was only Albania. But we are “only” Scotland and 4-0 wins on the road, even against 10 men, are hardly easy to get.
And all of a sudden again.
Israel are a real step up, we know that, but that Scotland team in Albania had a good look about them.
With Callum McGregor sitting that bit deeper, it allowed Fraser, Christie and Forrest to concentrate on getting forward, putting in crosses and last night they had someone to aim at.
“We came here with a lot of questions to answer and we did well,” said Fraser.
Let’s now go and make it two in a row. What is that feeling? Optimism! life is fine