Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In amongst all the doom and gloom coming from Scotland's shocking performance against Liechenstein last night, let's hope that the brilliant performance from the Under 21's at Pittodrie is not lost in it all.

Going into the last group game of the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifiers, Scotland knew that only a win against Austria would see them progress to the playoffs and when the visitors took the lead after just ten minutes, things looked bleak for Billy Stark's side.

However, in the other big Scottish fightback of the night, the young charges tied the game up on the half hour mark, before sending the 2,064 fans in attendance into raptures when Chris Maguire hit a 20 yard screamer into the top corner in the final minute.

It was a brave and spirited fightback and sees the Scots top the group and go into Friday's playoff draw as a seeded team. It also throws up the mouthwatering prospect of a two legged playoff against unseeded England next month.

Next year's Championship will be held in Denmark and it would be a huge boost for the Scottish game if the under 21 lads could make it to the finals.

Scottish football badly needs some good news story and hopefully the uner 21s can deliver and get the fans out in force to see it.

If the senior team continues to play the way they are, then perhaps Craig Levein should look at moving some of the younger guys into the senior mix. It might give some of our more established overpaid flops the kick up the arse they badly need.

Well done to all the under 21 guys. You did Scotland proud.

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