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I have been saying the same thing for years. The reason that Scotland haven’t qualified since for a tournament since 98 is down to teams filling their teams with imports to try and keep on Rangers coat tales during the Murray years and abandoning youth.
Lets take the Scotland under 16’s in 1989 World Cup Final
Gary Bollan, Neil Murray and David Hagen all started out or were transferred to Rangers.
According to Wikipedia
Bollan 11 games (95-98), although it was apparently an injury hit number of years. Hagen 16 games (92-94) and Murray 63 games (89-96).
Compare that with Andy McLaren who stayed at Dundee Utd 164 (89-99), or Brian O’Neill 119 (91-97) at Celtic.
The only one to be capped for the full national squad co-coincidently was Brian O’Neill who played just under an average of 20 games a season over that 6 years at Celtic.
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easyJambo July 26, 2016 at 17:34
I had thought about including Paul Dickov, but as I was responding to a comment about youth or young players in Scotland not getting game time I discounted him.
Paul Dickov was an Arsenal player from 90-96 and only made 45 appearances including loans during that time. Paul Dickov got his first cap for Scotland in 2000 after he had been at Man City for 4 years and the last of his 10 caps in 2004 while at Leicester. It could also be said he might of gained more caps had he played more games when he was younger as well.
It is a problem which hopefully has been addressed in Scotland and younger players are getting more game time to aide their development.
Thanks to the money Sky are pumping into the EPL, the same issue is likely to happen with the English national team but unlikely to the same extent because they have a bigger pool of players.
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tcup 2012 says:
March 11, 2015 at 10:17 am
Not a simple as you think
Clubs would have to renegotiate contracts Reinsure players etc
More to do with the clubs than the SFA
Having been involved as a committee member at Welfare/Amateur level it is far simpler than it would seem.
All players registered with the SFA are required to take out insurance with Sportsguard, at amateur level you were insured for 364 days from the 1st of April to 31st of March if you played during the summer months. This covers you for official games, friendly matches or mixed training sessions as everyone calls them, training sessions and travelling to and from games.
Also having occasions where the season had to be extended to accommodate a Cup Final, all you need is authorisation from the relevant Association based at Hampden and the release date of all relevant players on the registration system can be extended to accommodate the season extension.
Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?
Para Handy says:
March 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm
The SFA do have an on-line Player Registration system, every Local Football Association in Scotland has access to it. I use it every year to register players and to check the elligibility of others. My access is restricted and it tells me who are available for registration, already signed to another club and when the IT department use the correct information which players hold professional status.