Sometimes, in the quiet moments, Football Talk reflects upon where it all went wrong.
Years have been spent trying to work out why the tilt at a professional career never worked out. Why it was chased away from Hibs' training ground by a shirtless John Hughes. Why the linesman collapsed in a fit of laughter when it turned in that unavoidable own goal on trial at Elgin City.
Then the Scottish FA hired a top-notch performance director who, a year and a bit into the job, suddenly made it all clear. It was the Buckfast. It was the fried food. Nothing to do with having two left feet.
Nothing to do with the fact this tortured blog's football upbringing was on a grass pitch which was sold for housing, then an ash pitch covered in broken glass, then the concrete patch at the end of the block until Mrs Farrell would come out of the house in her dressing gown and waving a broom.
Thing is, there's a crop who dodged the booze and the burgers. They are playing in the self-titled best league in the world. They are the current Scottish national team. So what is their excuse?
More power to the Playstation generation. And more power to Mr Wotte in bringing through the next crop, without the excuses.
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