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chateauferret Flag 29 Oct 18 11.30am

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View Azerbaijan Eagle's Profile Azerbaijan Eagle 29 Oct 18 11.48am Send a Private Message to Azerbaijan Eagle Add Azerbaijan Eagle as a friend

Great News.

Scotland............

They have right now (and since James signed for us more or less) two Premier League players in their side - maybe a couple more, but I cannot think of them - McArthur and Robert Snodgrass

In my mind, that must make these two the best players in the Scotland squad, yet McArthur rarely started for Scotland.

The fact that for Palace he is an unsung hero, does the simple things so well, shuts the opposition down - an out and out team player - someone who rarely plays a pass to the opposition, can deal with tight situations etc - gives his all every game to the clear point of exhaustion for us and yet he hardly ever started for Scotland.

McArthur's qualities are exactly what Scotland need - yet he never really got a look in, even though it has been shown that he can play anywhere across the middle to a very good effect and that the way Scotland set up (i.e. not to lose) that he should have been the first name on the sheet if not the 2nd or 3rd. Scott Brown - Celtic Captain - a good player against Ross County, Livingstone etc, or James McArthur - a good player against Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City etc etc.

Good news for us for sure - Scotland? - they really do have no idea.

 

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View Dean_CPFC's Profile Dean_CPFC Flag South london 29 Oct 18 4.33pm Send a Private Message to Dean_CPFC Add Dean_CPFC as a friend

More game time for us, less chance of injuries, less travelling. massive bonus!

 

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View Beastie's Profile Beastie Flag 29 Oct 18 4.53pm Send a Private Message to Beastie Add Beastie as a friend

Amazing that he wasn’t a bigger player for Scotland. Almost as mind boggling as Freedman only getting two caps.

 

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View Tom-the-eagle's Profile Tom-the-eagle Online Flag Croydon 29 Oct 18 5.00pm Send a Private Message to Tom-the-eagle Add Tom-the-eagle as a friend

Bannan seems preferred to McArthur these days which seems odd considering Bannan plays in the championship. That said, Bannan is pretty decent too.

 


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chateauferret Flag 29 Oct 18 5.53pm

Originally posted by Beastie

Amazing that he wasn’t a bigger player for Scotland. Almost as mind boggling as Freedman only getting two caps.

You can't help thinking that the SFA is more interested in getting laughs than qualifying for the Euros.

 


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View FairweatherEagle's Profile FairweatherEagle Flag London 29 Oct 18 10.37pm Send a Private Message to FairweatherEagle Add FairweatherEagle as a friend

Azeri eagle, they've got Robertson, Cairney, Ryan Frazer, Matt Richie McTominay, Ryan Gauld - all good players but that doesn't excuse overlooking Macca. I think he would find it harder and harder to get a look in with the quality they've got coming in now, so it makes sense. In years gone by he should definitely have been part of the spine of the team though.

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 29 Oct 18 10.56pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Originally posted by FairweatherEagle

Azeri eagle, they've got Robertson, Cairney, Ryan Frazer, Matt Richie McTominay, Ryan Gauld - all good players but that doesn't excuse overlooking Macca. I think he would find it harder and harder to get a look in with the quality they've got coming in now, so it makes sense. In years gone by he should definitely have been part of the spine of the team though.

But half of those players apparently are injured during internationals.
Macca wouldve walked to hampden for a game.

 

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View kennybrowns leftfoot's Profile kennybrowns leftfoot Flag Moved Again.. Banstead now Darling... 30 Oct 18 12.05am Send a Private Message to kennybrowns leftfoot Add kennybrowns leftfoot as a friend

Should of played far more than he did... Sadly he was kept out by Scotland golden boy Scott Brown..

 


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View Vaibow's Profile Vaibow Flag vancouver/croydon 30 Oct 18 3.10am Send a Private Message to Vaibow Add Vaibow as a friend

Just depends if he suits their style of play, which seems not to be the way.

Freedman on the other hand should have been a scottish legend.

 


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View Holmesdale Hibs's Profile Holmesdale Hibs Flag Sydenham Hill 02 Nov 18 11.16am Send a Private Message to Holmesdale Hibs Add Holmesdale Hibs as a friend

Originally posted by Beastie

Amazing that he wasn’t a bigger player for Scotland. Almost as mind boggling as Freedman only getting two caps.

Agree 100% about McArthur. We’ve had alot of mediocrity in that midfield over the last decade and it’s amazing that he hasn’t had more of a chance, especially given he’s able to play as an attacking or defensive player. I thought he’d get more of a chance with Scott Brown retiring but sadly not. Great news for Palace but think Scotland have missed an opportunity.

Can’t comment on Freedman as didn’t follow English football much in his day. But that must have been around late 90s which was the point we really started going downhill and became quite ‘flexible’ with our squad selection.

 

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View PalazioVecchio's Profile PalazioVecchio Flag south pole 03 Nov 18 5.51pm Send a Private Message to PalazioVecchio Add PalazioVecchio as a friend

scotland's loss is our gain. Love McArthur

 


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