At least Scotland’s women know how to play football | Kevin McKenna

The SFA has a medieval attitude towards women’s football while failing to deliver in men’s tournaments. With real support, female players can shake up the sport

In Scotland, the failure of our international squad to qualify for major football tournaments is as inevitable as death and taxes. A 2-2 draw in Slovenia last October saw Scotland maintain its exceptional record of successfully avoiding the final stages of global competitions. When the World Cup commences in Russia this summer, 20 years will have elapsed since Scotland last competed at the business end of a serious football tournament. An entire generation of Scots now dreams about the World Cup as the Israelites once dreamt of the promised land.

Our international millionaire footballers are adept at discovering new ways of body-swerving World Cups and European Championships. Last year, Scotland took it to the wire and were actually less than 90 minutes away from qualifying for Russia 2018 when they took an early lead in Slovenia. That goal was scored by Leigh Griffiths, the nation’s most deadly finisher.

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