I don’t really write much about international week. The blog was originally set up to talk mainly about Celtic and all other issues affecting Scottish football, but mostly, as regular readers know, 90% of everything I talk about relates to the Hoops.
But this one caught my eye technically, TECHNICALLY, it has a Celtic slant to it so I’m running with it.
As Scotland take on Austria tonight in Vienna, Mark Guidi and the pundits on Go Radio, where reviewing the weekends 1-0 win over Moldova and were talking about the amount of missed chances the Dark Blues had to put the Moldovans to bed.
Chance after chance went begging until Lyndon Dykes tucked away his chance to eventually seal the victory at Hampden Park.
As the pundits discussed different options on who would be a better fit to lead the line a caller made a strange suggestion to Guidi and he agreed that it could be an option for Steve Clarke up front, “That’s a good shout.
“I remember having a conversation with Gordon Strachan and Gordon was the Scotland manager when he kind of first took over and Tony Watt was on the radar.
“And then Gordon Strachan said Tony Watt has everything in his locker go on and be one of the best No9’s for Scotland in a long time and it’s just not worked out for him for a variety of reasons.
“But I think, is Tony maybe 27 or 28? You’re racking your brain trying to think if we have a McCoist or a Johnstone or a MacAvennie or a Nicholas or one of those guys.
“That said, Dykes and Adams for me are a good partnership, I’d love to have the equivalent of an Andy Robertson or a Kieran Tierney but we don’t have that.
“But we do have is two talented players, and you could see, on Saturday night as well, again with Lyndon Dykes. He gives his absolute all and you can see an improvement.”
Now, I do tend to look at everything through green tinted specs but even I am struggling to see the logic in the journalist’s claim.
Watt, over the course of his career, has made 309 appearances and scored only 65 goals. A return of only 1 goal per 4.7 games. A dreadful return for a striker.
And even if we take his current form at Motherwell, over the last two seasons at Fir Park, Watt has made 66 appearances and scored 14.
I’m sorry, but he is nowhere near the class of a decent Premiership striker never mind an international striker.
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