Scottish Football Laughing In The Face Of Reality


Craig Levein believes Scotland can still qualify for the World Cup Finals in Brazil. He thinks the response to successive home draws against Serbia and Macedonia is ‘hysterical’. He has utmost faith in a group of players who have managed to beat only Lithuania and Liechtenstein since he took over as manager. He believes the moon is made of green cheese and gold is found at the end of a rainbow. In short, he is living in a kind of suspended reality. Many of his countrymen inhabit this land of milk and honey, where, if you hope hard enough, all your problems miraculously disappear and a sort of natural order can be restored. Close your eyes and you see ‘Slim’ Jim Baxter juggling the ball down the wing at Wembley, the pride of the Lisbon Lions, Ally’s Army, Archie Gemmill’s wonder goal, Kenny Dalglish, swathes of tartan, bagpipes and booze. All…

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