The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern were overjoyed with Scotland’s late winner against Slovakia last night, as they laughed in the face of the English punters in our bar.
Indeed, while the Tartan Army are dreaming about a first major tournament since 1998, the England-supporting drinkers were almost bored to tears while watching the Three Lions play Slovenia, who Scotland travel to on Sunday.
While the two sets of supporters were largely keeping out of each others’ way last night, Chris Sutton’s column in the Daily Record has led to some conversation between those from both north and south of the border.
The former Hoops hero (and one-cap England man) has slammed Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate for his refusal to call Scott Sinclair up to the national squad. Having excelled in Paradise under Brendan Rodgers, the Bhoys in the bar would love to see their beloved forward handed an international berth.
Still, Southgate claimed the former Swansea City man was not of the required standard – despite his success in Scotland – invoking the ire of BT Sport pundit Sutton.
”Gareth Southgate’s approach towards Scott Sinclair smacks of arrogance”, he writes.
”Jake Livermore was rested by West Brom because he was out of form and low on confidence, yet he’s back in the fold while Sinclair is stuck at Lennoxtown.”
Why not give Sinclair a go? Surely, he’s a better pick in current form than the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Jesse Lingard and, while the ex-City man won’t win England a World Cup, could surely do a job in those terribly dull qualifiers.
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