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'I have to be brave' – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

'I have to be brave' – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

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Alex McLeish says he will need to "stand up and be brave" as the pressure increases on the Scotland manager.Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Portugal means he has won two of his six games in charge of the national side.The friendly defeat came just three days after a 2-1 collapse away to Israel, ranked 94th in the world, in the Nations League. "It's never easy to lose and that was a tough weekend," said McLeish."I have to stand up and be brave and take it forward."There's other examples of managers being under the cosh - Michael O'Neil and the Russian camp and Stanislav Cherchesov persevered. I'll always retain that determination."Scotland beaten by ruthless PortugalAs it happened: Scotland lose to ...
Israel 2-1 Scotland: Ten-man Scots embarrassed in Nations League

Israel 2-1 Scotland: Ten-man Scots embarrassed in Nations League

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A Kieran Tierney own goal condemned shambolic 10-man Scotland to a bruising Nations League defeat in Israel.Against a side ranked 94th in the world, and with just one win in their past 10 games, Alex McLeish's men let a lead slip in a sobering second half.The Scots were ahead at the break in Haifa but eventually conceded twice and had John Souttar sent off. At the halfway stage of the Nations League group, Scotland, Israel and Albania all have three points.Scotland - ranked 39th in the world - looked on their way to claiming their second win in League C when Charlie Mulgrew slammed home from the spot after Steven Naismith had been fouled.However, Dor Peretz's goal and a shanked clearance from...
Naismith stars as dominant Scotland beat Albania in Nations League

Naismith stars as dominant Scotland beat Albania in Nations League

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Steven Naismith's persistence paid off as Scotland opened their Nations League campaign with a morale-boosting win against Albania.Naismith's header went in off Berat Djimsiti and the Hearts forward nodded the Scots' second after a dreadful piece of goalkeeping at a corner.His second-half showing made up for a glaring first-half miss and having a goal chalked off for offside as the home side dominated at a sodden Hampden that was less than half full. And it was a much more assured performance from Alex McLeish's side with no repeat of the errors that were so ruthlessly punished by Belgium in Friday's 4-0 friendly defeat.Stephen O'Donnell in particular excelled at right wing-back after being a...
'A whole heap of negatives' – Scotland suffer worst home defeat in 45 years

'A whole heap of negatives' – Scotland suffer worst home defeat in 45 years

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Scotland will be "embarrassed" by the ease with which they were ripped apart by Belgium at Hampden, says former defender Willie Miller.The Scots were thrashed 4-0 in front of 20,196 fans on Friday, their fifth defeat in their past six friendlies.Two Belgium goals came from Scotland being caught in possession, while a misplaced pass led to another. "You are coming off that pitch quite embarrassed by the manner of the goals," Miller told BBC Scotland."If you're playing Belgium away from home and get beaten 4-0 to the second best team in the world, you can live with that."But at home you are expecting more from Scotland. Although there were positives, you're not expecting to see them losing goal...
Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

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A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK's first spaceport. The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m towards the development of the facility. HIE will work closely with a consortium that includes the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The goal would be to have launches as early as possible in the 2020s. Small rockets herald new wave UK satellite makes HD movies of Earth "The decision to support the UK's first spaceport in Sutherland is tremendous news for our region and for Scotland as a whole," ...