I bet the Croatia manager has never told the players and the press that as they are a small country that they are essentially sheight, can’t compete and should “play to our strengths” which always means defend, defend, defend, even when defence is our biggest weakness, which is what every Scotland manager in my lifetime has come out with a variation of.
Croatia has a population of 4M, maybe Scotland should check out what Croatia are doing after Scotland get done laughing at England.
After Murray won Wimbledon, everyone should have checked what Scotland was doing to create such a tennis star, wouldnt have given them a huge insight into his success though...his upbringing maybe, not a huge amount of grassroots tennis when he was growing up, more now due to Judy.
There will be things we can take from Croatia but smaller nations that are direct neighbours to larger nations have extra strains and struggles, that is a fact. For example, we have Scottish youth disappear into the English game and fail because it is too early for them. Careers virtually over. Scouting in Scotland is cheap for English clubs. E.g. Billy Gilmour, he’ll either make it or stall and come back up to Scotland with 2 senior games under his belt at 21 or he’ll vanish.
Same problem shows up between the Glasgow clubs and the Edinburgh clubs, we’ve got Edinburgh boys signing for Celtic, never playing for them and being released at 22 to then drop down a division or just disappear.
Are people thinking it’s a copy/paste job to fix Scotland’s woes? With correct guidance these missing gems could have become Scotland legends instead they become free agents and nomads. Gauld was the Scottish Messi and left too soon, career stalled massively. A year younger than McGinn and probably played 100 less games.