It is official: Steve Clarke is the new manager of the national team of Scotland. I must say that he isn’t in the most ideal situation, but it could be worse.
For some reason, I have the feeling that many Scottish football supporters will be blaming Alex McLeish if the Scots barely miss out on an automatic qualifying spot to Euro 2020.
But anyway, I have a habit of rambling a bit here and there. In a blog written previously about the same topic, my choice for manager was Scot Gemmill.
But Steve Clarke did great things this past season as he led Kilmarnock to a third-place finish in the top-flight of Scottish football.
I also find it comforting that one of my Scottish friends is happy with the hire because he feels that Scotland finally hired a “real coach”.
There is plenty of talent available on the Scottish national team and I thin Steve Clarke can bring out the best of the Scottish footballers that are ready to fight hard for their supporters.
The first test for Clarke will take place on 8 June against Cyprus at Hampden Park.
The fact of the matter is that Cyprus is not going to be an easy opponent. But on paper, everyone knows that Scotland is the better team.
We all know that Steve Clarke must pick the best players available when it is time to submit the 23-man roster.
It is easy to talk about what Scotland must do in order to defeat Cyprus at Hampden.
But aside from the obvious keys to winning the match, I feel that it will be most important for Clarke to make his players believe in one another.
There cannot be any doubts and there cannot be any looking back on poor results.
This is the time for Scottish footballers to believe in Clarke and give their fans a reason to believe that tournament football can become a reality once again.
Prediction: Scotland 2-0 Cyprus