As if it isn’t dark, damp and cold enough in Scotland over the winter months, Scots have new reason to feel depressed all winter long. Playing in front of the Tartan Army at famous Hampden Park, the grounds that held 149,415 Scots in 1937, their home stadium, was not an impetus enough to even score a goal against visiting Norway in Group 9. Granted, the Norse didn’t put one in either and a nil-nil draw was achieved, but Scotland really needed three points from a home match. As previously mentioned, the Scots will not play again until March in an away match in Eindhoven against the powerful Dutch. The nation will again have to hold its breath and cross its fingers in hope that their lads can come up with passion and ability in the winter months and come out fresh in March. Otherwise, the Tartan Army can sit on their thumbs in 2010 as the Scots miss yet another major tournament.
A Long, Dark Winter