What has happened in Scottish football since I last posted? Plenty! Rangers' fall and rise, Aberdeen becoming the second force in Scottish football before giving it up so easily this season. Kilmarnock and Steve Clarke's rise to the fore. It's hard to know where to start. But I thought an introspective on my opinions based on an article I wrote in 2007 on Scotland's chances on reaching the World Cup in 2010 would be a fun look back at how silly my thoughts were would be a bit of fun. So without further ado, here's my opinions of 2007 broken down in 2019.
One must wonder why there was no place in the starting eleven for Gary Caldwell, scorer of the only goal of the game against France at Hampden last October. Why, when Russell Anderson was in the form of his life for Aberdeen last season, could he not get a look in past the aging Weir? And there are a plethora of younger center backs who could all do the job in the Scotland defence, including Caldwell's brother Stephen, Hearts captain Christophe Berra, Andy Webster (when fit) and even Steven Pressley who, at 34, still has three years on Weir.
Left-back, a position highlighted to be Scotland's weak spot by Calcio Italia (No. 147, Nov 2007) is another place the Scots need to look to strengthen. Gary Naysmith has done the job on and off down the left flank for several years, but he isn't the player he once was, and had to drop down a division to Championship side Sheffield United in the close season for regular first team football. His current backup, Graham Alexander, has never played at the highest level and at 36 is not a viable long-term option. With Hutton's emergence on the right Scotland need to make the left side equally as strong, and with options such as Rangers kid Stevie Smith and Derby left-back James McEveley, Scotland need to start looking to strengthen their defence.