It hasn’t taken long to get that Scotland camp deja vu.
Remember that line: “This game isn’t a ‘must win’?” Shudder.
At least we have some new narrative arcs to enjoy this week though. Will Fletcher start? Will Commons be re-called? Will Kenny Miller play? (wait, that’s an old one….).
I bet Jordan Rhodes is feeling left out. Maybe he can get a slice of Steven Pressley's birthday cake.
Away from The Road To Rio, you can’t beat a sarcastic east Asian animation, eh? Deep sea equipment, a steam roller and a reference to 1981 war submarine cult classic Das Boot – take that Luis Suarez.
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Fletch didn’t face the media but did put out these polished lines of undying commitment via the Scottish FA website.
But will he start? Football Talk thinks….of course he will.
In form, but also struggling with a chronic hip problem. It is no understatement to say that Scotland needs the Celtic skipper’s bite and leadership.
Could he? He could? But only if Snodgrass pulls out. And even then, who is to say Commons would give up his week-long pampering session from grateful gaffer Neil Lennon…. (The Daily Record)
Weeks, possibly months, on the sidelines for Deegan after a city centre incident put him in hospital.
The Edinburgh labourer struck the winning goal against Rangers and cannot believe the attention it has brought him.
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With Italian clubs downscaling to improve atmosphere – redress demand for tickets – Alex asks whether British sides learn a lesson or two. (The Football Ramble)
Great insight from the pundit here. Get him picked Roy! (The Scottish Sun)
Jason Milligan charts another tough week for reigning champions Montpellier in France’s top league.
Watch, enjoy, repeat to fade.
Andy Coyle and Grant Russell present the talking points from the weekend matches.
Maxi Roriguez gets himself his first goal for his new club, Newell’s Old Boy’s, after just 24 seconds of the game.
Marvellous effort, Taiwan. Luis Suarez gets the virtual new treatment to delicious effect after his cringe-worthy dive against Stoke City at the weekend.