Reality bit hard last night for the “home nations” as they were all soundly beaten apart from England.
The optimism generated over recent performances and results for Gordon Strachan’s Scotland was certainly dealt a blow as the Belgian national side inflicted a 2-0 deficit on the Scots at Hampden.
I rate Strachan as a manager but he is very limited with the calibre of player he has at his disposal. The best manager in the world could only do so much with the players available for Scotland.
Wales were also beaten in Macedonia and Northern Ireland were defeated at Windsor Park by Portugal with Ronaldo bagging a treble.
The Republic of Ireland also capitulated to Sweden in Dublin.
The poor showing of teams from the British Isles is a great argument for a United Kingdom team or a footballing equivalent to the British Lions.
Of course, this would perhaps be better against a backdrop of British-wide competition e.g. a British League and Cup – something unlikely to happen in the immediate future with the English Premiership dominating the football landscape.
It’s still a great idea and, in my opinion, the future of our game.
I see the Daily Record is continuing its ridiculous crazy witch hunt against a wee church in East Kilbride.
Branding the church a sect and an extremist cult is a new low in journalism.
As I said here yesterday, the members of this church may have been a bit over-zealous but even a casual search on Google will show it has a well-established history of doing things that benefit the community.
Does this church have an agenda? Absolutely it does.
That agenda is to help people become followers of Jesus Christ.
Just the same as heroes of Scotland’s past like Saint Columba and John Knox.
Has it become a crime in 21st century Scotland to teach the Christian gospel? And smear those who do? If so, perhaps the claim by a Mexican member of this church based in East Kilbride is valid after all – that claim being that Scotland is a dark and Godless country. A claim mocked by the Daily Record.
I have news for the Daily Record.
There are many indigenous Scots from a spectrum of denominations who feel exactly the same way. And it is articles such as those in the Daily Record which denigrate Christian churches that are helping to create a climate where Christianity – known as the ancient faith in Scotland – is treated with hostility.
Perhaps the real reason the Record is attacking the West Mains Church of Christ is that the Mexican missionary whose blog the paper quotes mentions her conversion from Catholicism to Evangelical Christianity. The Daily Record calls this “disturbing reading.”
So it is disturbing when someone who is a Roman Catholic becomes a born-again Christian and joins another church?
Would it be equally disturbing to the Daily Record if someone brought up in a Protestant denomination converted to Roman Catholicism?
Scotland’s connection to Christianity actually predates the Christian era! And many times due to spiritual darkness Scotland has become the focus of missionary endeavour – something the Record seems to have such a problem with.
Many would argue that Scotland needs much more Christianity, not less.