It’s not often that a team gets presented with a trophy at the end of a training exercise – but Scotland managed it, so three cheers for us! Unfortunately I missed the trophy presentation because my mate [and driver] insisted that we depart the stadium right on the full-time whistle so we could go in search of a chip shop! I’ll tell you this right now, come July next year, I don’t care if Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Brook and Judith Ralston are all waiting for me at the front door of the Stade de France with a sackful of free chicken pakora, I’m staying on to see Scott Brown lift the Henri Delaunay Cup! And relax…..

Anyway, a victory is a victory and as someone who endured a whole series of dire friendly defeats during the Berti Vogts era , I enjoyed my Friday night in Edinburgh. Of course the game against the Republic of Ireland will be totally different but if Mr. Strachan says it was a useful exercise then that’s good enough for me. WGS never stormed into my office on a Monday morning to try to tell me how to do my job so I won’t try to tell him how to do his.The attached photos show some match action from the second half – our change strip really is a shocker although I thought Qatar’s was pleasing to the eye. Indeed if it was listed on a paint chart it could be called ‘A hint of Hearts’. Altogether now Q-A-T, A-R-I etc etc. Moving along and in the other photo, Ikechi Anya appears to be less than cock-a-hoop as a streaker is allowed to display an alternative Watford gap for what seemed like an inordinate amount of time before the stewards eventually got the finger out and we were able to crack on. Question – When are we going to get equality in this respect with a female streaker for a change? Incidently, Erica Roe is now 58.

OK, that’s enough tosh for one article, I’ll close by saying thank you to everyone who bought a copy of Scotland Epistles and/or gave me some good natured verbal abuse outside Easter Road Stadium. It’s better than being ignored altogether!

Robert Marshall

First posted on Facebook June 7th, 2015