PRE-SEASON friendly matches are the epitome of a necessary evil in the minds of football players.
WHEN the Scottish Football Youth Initiative, the predecessor of Club Academy Scotland, was launched in season 1995-96, there was a sense of anticipation that it would lead to the development of a more technically proficient Scottish footballer.
There was never any likelihood of Scotland travelling to France first-class next summer.
Former Scotland under-21 head coach Billy Stark ended seven months out of football yesterday when he agreed to join Albion Rovers as assistant to player/manager Darren Young.
MARTIN O'Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, last night accused Steven Naismith, the Scotland forward, of refereeing the Euro 2016 qualifier between the two countries at the Aviva Stadium.