The first report card is not good: played two, lost two. And not so much of a whiff of the new Scotland manager having made any impression on his players thus far.
Strachan’s team was fairly abject in losing 2-1 to Wales in Glasgow, and on Tuesday night went down 2-0 to Serbia in Novi Sad.
In the Balkans, Scotland actually competed in parts more convincingly than they had four days earlier, but the outcome was just as depressing.
Those who appear to be suffering the most are Celtic supporters, though Rangers fans also have some gripes.
This attempt at cleaning up Scottish society has turned into a nightmare, cutting to the very heart of civil liberty.
I deliberately place “offensive behaviour” in inverted commas because the nub of all this is an interpretative minefield regarding fans’ behaviour, wherein clarity is proving near-impossible.
For a club whose turnover for 2012/13 will be lucky to reach £25m, and given the long road back to full health facing Rangers, Stockbridge appeared pretty brazen in stating his aims to The Herald.
Nonetheless, he is undeterred. “It would be nice to get to £100m…and it could go beyond that point,” said Stockbridge.
By any measure, this has been a fine season by Celtic. Not a stellar one, by any means. Only a domestic treble would fit that description, and St Mirren put paid to Celtic’s hopes of landing the 2013 League Cup.
Indeed Dundee United, in a looming Scottish Cup semi-final, might yet wreck Neil Lennon’s plans for a league-and-cup double. This is the sort of match, as far ahead of United as Celtic are, which has become an achilles heel for Lennon’s teams.
I was there that day at Ibrox as a 12 year old kid, and can still recall the episode, though the details of it that afternoon completely passed me by.
Rangers suffered a series of riots and setbacks involving their fans in the 1970s, and the latest incident had occurred in Birmingham, when a friendly against Aston Villa had been marred due to further delinquent behaviour by the Rangers hordes.