NO FOOTBALL manager deserves to be spat on or subject to physical abuse.
BERTI Vogts’ long goodbye to the Scotland manager’s job continued yesterday when he was given another stay of execution by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).
BURTON O’BRIEN today insisted that there is no chance of him performing an international U-turn and agreeing to play for Scotland.
RIVAL Capital managers Craig Levein and Tony Mowbray joined forces today to express their sympathy for under-fire Scotland boss Berti Vogts.
HIBERNIAN manager Tony Mowbray has admitted to having pep-talks with Gary Caldwell and Ian Murray after Scotland’s disastrous World Cup encounters against Norway and Moldova.
IT WAS Robert Louis Stevenson who said that "to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour".
ALL across Germany yesterday, they were writing the obituary for Berti Vogts’s career.
ARMED riot police will be deployed for Scotland’s World Cup qualifying match in Moldova tonight, amid heightened tensions between ethnic Russians and Romanians in the former Soviet state.
SCOTLAND Under-21 coach Rainer Bonhof has warned his players that Moldova are no longer the international pushovers they once were.
GARY CALDWELL today claimed Scotland’s strikeforce can help stifle the goal threat of towering Norwegian hitman John Carew.
ALAS, poor Scotland. The sports pages have been enriched over the past fortnight by eulogies of the late Gordon Smith, a footballer who shines bright in the memory of almost everybody who saw him play, even though it is more than 40 years since he retired.
SO where now Berti? With the start of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign barely three weeks away the German coach seems no closer to providing the answer to that question than when he took over from Craig Brown two-and-a-half years ago.
DARREN FLETCHER today expressed his sympathy for David Marshall after the young goalkeeper endured a luckless Scotland debut.
IT IS not the sort of fling an international football manager normally revels in. But Berti Vogts found he enjoyed throwing a hammer when he opened a Highland Games yesterday.
DARREN FLETCHER has been congratulated at Westminster on becoming the youngest Scottish football captain since World War Two.
SCOTLAND newcomer Craig Gordon today recalled how his dream debut almost turned into a nightmare.
HE IS hoping to earn his first cap next week, but David McNamee has never been far from the Scotland team. Brought up in Mount Florida, he and his mates tried countless times to sneak through the doors of the National Stadium and out on to surface, but never succeeded. They settled instead for scaling the walls of Lesser Hampden or, if a game was on, started a kickabout on the ash pitches nearby. "Obviously you had to watch out for broken glass, syringes and stuff like that," he says.