With the way the Scotland squad was looking on Monday night, a few call ups to players In the junior leagues was not looking the unlikeliest thing in the world.
Taking charge of a much criticised friendly against the Faroe Islands, Craig Levein was forced to make many changes to the Scotland squad that faced Spain with only Bardsley and Fletcher staring in both the Spain and Faroe Islands games.
However, after an encouraging display from a young Scotland squad Levein looks to have had the last laugh regarding the criticism towards the friendly.
Initiallythe game was proposed as a Scotland B game however the game was changed to a full international although looking at the final squad you would have not have noticed much difference in a Scotland B squad.
A 3-0 victory later and first Scotland goals for Debutant Danny Wilson, Kris Commons and Jamie Mackie, Levein may have been proved right to play the friendly.
Young Scots Barry Bannan and Danny Wilson impressed in their Scotland debut’s with Wilson showing fans he is capable of taking over from his old team mate at Rangers David Weir in the defence and Bannan looked comfortablle in the team on his debut with a lively performance that will excite fans of what he could provide for the team.
Others like Charlie Adam who played a major part in all 3 goals from his Corners and Phil Bardsley who bombed up and down the flank all game, have gave Levein a major headache with future squad selections.
Levein will look at the game and think of it as a success. It may not have been the best time to organise a friendly as seen by the number of squad drop outs however, Levein will be happy with the fringe players who have shown they deserve a place in future qualifier squads.
Another little bonus may be that the win may help add a few world ranking points considering Scotland have slipped to 57 in the standings (expected to be 54th in next few days when new standings are released) and the fans will admit that the friendly was better than expected.
Levein’s now has to continue building and make sure Scotland are ready to bounce back and regain the national pride that was alive under Walter Smith and Alex Mccleish and show he is the man who can lead Scotland back to International tournaments again instead of falling at last hurdle like in recent years.