蘇格蘭以2024年德國為目標的問號和潛在答案

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蘇格蘭以2024年德國為目標的問號和潛在答案

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"沒有蘇格蘭,就沒有聚會"--這是卡塔爾的損失。蘇格蘭球迷會一直這樣告訴自己,並從史蒂夫-克拉克的2024年歐洲杯規劃中得到安慰。

2024年的德國是目標,資格賽路線在3月開始。這個問題,即到時候誰會是球場上的關鍵人物,就不那麼簡單了。

陣容不斷變化,但關鍵問題有待解決

在周三2-1擊敗土耳其的比賽中,蘇格蘭隊首發陣容的實力令人震驚。

這次演習是為了在惡劣的環境中經歷一次艱難的考試。盒子打上了勾。在這場最不友好的友誼賽中,他們得到了這個機會,然後又得到了一些。

在一個小時的比賽中,土耳其隊表現得很猖狂。在一個階段,主場球迷似乎在嘲笑他們是多麼輕鬆,因為他們對蘇格蘭的部隊進行了騷擾。

在那個階段,在明年3月歐洲資格賽開始前的最後一場比賽中進行這場比賽似乎是一個錯誤的判斷。

蘇格蘭隊正在萎靡不振,但他們表現出了高度的韌性,並強有力地完成了比賽,這再次要歸功於約翰-麥金的鼓舞人心的影響,他打進了他的第15個國際比賽進球。

但是,在接下來的幾個月里,這位中場球員會有什麼變化,這對克拉克的計劃會產生什麼影響?

自從烏奈-埃梅里被任命為史蒂芬-傑拉德在阿斯頓維拉的替代者後,麥金的地位就受到了影響。他的出場時間減少了。在接下來的幾個月里,如果這種趨勢繼續下去,對蘇格蘭來說可能會有問題。

這並不是麥金特有的問題。

球場上的時間越來越令人擔憂

毫無疑問,這支蘇格蘭隊正在很好地發展,在大多數領域都有很多選擇,而且經驗和青年之間的平衡越來越令人滿意。

但也有令人擔憂的地方。比利-吉爾莫自從從切爾西轉會到布萊頓和霍夫阿爾比恩後,幾乎沒有踢過球,而這一步被認為是他職業生涯的起點。

他在迪亞巴克爾掙扎,是那個在2020年歐洲杯對陣英格蘭的溫布利比賽中表現出色的球員的陰影。

同為中場球員的斯科特-麥克托米奈是蘇格蘭和曼聯近期的主力,他突然發現他的俱樂部經理埃里克-滕哈格在尋找其他地方。

在防守方面,基蘭-蒂爾尼現在發現在英超聯賽排名第一的阿森納隊中很難找到首發,而傑克-亨德利在租借給克雷蒙斯的過程中沒有成為常規首發。

擁有這種精英水平的球員是非常好的。克拉克需要他們周而復始地比賽。或者至少在這些星期的大部分時間裡。

有一種令人擔憂的趨勢,即經驗豐富的蘇格蘭人越來越多地開始暖場,這可能會破壞蘇格蘭通往2024年德國的路線。

有一些真正有前途的球員正在出現。卡爾文-拉姆塞在中場休息時登場,這是他的國際首秀,給人留下了深刻印象。他似乎不為任何事情所動--這是他的隊長和俱樂部夥伴安迪-羅伯遜在本周提到的。

在右後衛方面,突然有了許多選擇。年輕的選擇,這一定讓蘇格蘭主教練感到興奮。

亞倫-希克從赫茨到博洛尼亞,再到現在的布倫特福德,他的崛起令人震驚。內森-帕特森已經在埃弗頓找到了自己的位置。安東尼-拉爾斯頓在凱爾特人的安吉-波斯特科格魯手下獲得了重生,並在國際比賽中表現出色。

現在,拉姆塞在克服了傷病之後,在一個月內完成了利物浦和蘇格蘭的首秀;這是一個令人難以置信的潛在和真正的人才名單。

在羅伯遜的指導下,拉姆塞肯定會在安菲爾德的環境中發展。但是,讓我們面對現實吧,他有可能很快在利物浦的首發陣容中取代特倫特-亞歷山大-阿諾德嗎?

蘇格蘭不希望發現拉姆塞陷入吉爾莫的困境。或者蒂爾尼的,或者麥克托米奈的。

這似乎是蘇格蘭問題的核心,因為他們希望在逐步發展的基礎上,希望能通往2024年德國世界盃、2026年世界盃以及之後的下一屆比賽。

克雷格-戈登繼續不畏艱險。年輕的靈藥似乎貫穿了這位赫茲門將的血管。這位模範職業球員克服了重大的逆境,在蘇格蘭球衣上保持着活力。

但是,如果出於任何原因,戈登不能上場,B計劃是什麼?

許多人期待利亞姆-凱利或羅比-麥克羅里在對陣土耳其的比賽中首次上場,即使是在板凳上。這並沒有發生,也許是因為在激烈的氣氛中展開的事情,但選擇有限。

喬恩-麥克勞林作為流浪者隊主力的統治並沒有持續多久。最近的另一個希望,贊德-克拉克,已經從聖約翰斯通的主力轉為戈登在泰內卡斯特爾的後衛。

看來蘇格蘭對這位老牌監護人是全情投入。對於這樣一個關鍵的位置,在下一次資格賽之前,這似乎是一條細線。


Last updated on .From the section Scotland

"No Scotland, no party" - it is Qatar's loss. Scotland fans will keep telling themselves that and take comfort from the fact that Steve Clarke's planning for Euro 2024 is well underway.

Germany 2024 is the goal, with the qualification route starting in March. That question, who will be key on the pitch by then, is less than straightforward.

Squad evolving but key questions to be resolved

The strength of Scotland's starting line-up in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat in Turkey was striking.

The exercise was designed to experience a tough examination in a hostile environment. Box ticked. They got that and then some in the unfriendliest of friendlies.

For an hour of the contest, Turkey were rampant. At one stage, home fans seemed to be laughing at how easy they were having it as they harangued and harassed Scotland's troops.

At that stage, it seemed an error of judgement to take this fixture on in the last match before the European qualification campaign starts next March.

Scotland were wilting, but they demonstrated a high level of resilience and finished strongly, thanks again to the inspirational impact of John McGinn, who netted his 15th international goal.

But what lies in store for the midfielder over the next few months and what impact might that have on Clarke's plans?

Since the appointment of Unai Emery as Steven Gerrard's replacement at Aston Villa, McGinn's status has taken a dent. He has played fewer minutes. Over the next few months that might be problematic for Scotland if that trend continues.

And it is not an issue unique to McGinn.

Minutes on the pitch an increasing concern

There's no doubt this Scotland squad is evolving nicely with a number of options in most areas and an increasingly desirable balance of experience and youth.

But there are concerns. Billy Gilmour has hardly kicked a ball since moving from Chelsea to Brighton & Hove Albion, a step that was expected to kick on his career.

He struggled in Diyarbakir, a shadow of the performer who delivered a player of the match Wembley performance against England at Euro 2020.

Fellow midfielder Scott McTominay, a mainstay for Scotland and Manchester United of late, has suddenly found his club manager, Erik Ten Haag, looking elsewhere.

In defence, Kieran Tierney is now finding starts hard to come by at an Arsenal side who top the Premier League, while Jack Hendry has not been a regular starter on loan to Cremonese.

It's all very well having players at that elite level. Clarke needs them to play, week in and week out. Or at least most of those weeks.

There is a worrying tend of experienced Scots increasingly starting to warm benches that may undermine Scotland's route to Germany 2024.

There are really promising players emerging. Calvin Ramsay impressed making his international debut after coming on at half time. He seems unfazed by anything - something his captain and club mate Andy Robertson alluded to this week.

At right-back, suddenly there are numerous options. Youthful ones at that and this must excite the Scotland manager.

Aaron Hickey's rise from Hearts to Bologna, and now Brentford, has been astounding. Nathan Patterson has found his feet at Everton. Anthony Ralston has been reborn under Ange Postecoglou at Celtic and delivering when called at international level.

Now Ramsay, after overcoming injury, has made Liverpool and Scotland debuts within a month; it's an incredible roster of potential and genuine talent.

Ramsay will surely develop in the Anfield environment with Robertson as mentor. But, let's face it, is he likely to oust Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Liverpool starting line-up anytime soon?

Scotland don't want to find Ramsay in Gilmour's predicament. Or Tierney's, or McTominay's.

This seems the nub of the issue for Scotland as they look to build on a gradual evolution they hope leads to Germany 2024, World Cup 2026 and the next tournament after that.

Craig Gordon continues to defy the odds. The elixir of youth seems to course through the Hearts goalkeeper's veins. The model professional who has overcome significant adversity to remain vital in a Scotland shirt.

What, though, is the Plan B if, for any reason, Gordon isn't available?

Many anticipated a first cap for Liam Kelly or Robbie McCrorie, even off the bench, against Turkey. That didn't happen, perhaps because of what unfolded in an intense atmosphere, but there are limited options.

Jon McLaughlin's reign as Rangers' main man did not last long. The other recent hope, Zander Clark, has switched from St Johnstone mainstay to Gordon back-up at Tynecastle.

It seems Scotland are all in with the veteran custodian. For such a key position, it seems a fine line to walk ahead of the next qualification campaign.

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