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The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming! So WHAT? Keep calm and give the ball to Anya..The last time Germany came to Hampden was for a Euro qualifier in June 2003 when they were lucky to go home with a point in my humble, totally unbiased opinion. Germany took the lead against the run of play [see I told you] when in the 22nd minute Fredi Bobic headed past Rab ‘The Cat’ Douglas. [It has to be be conceded however that sometimes ‘Cat’ was short for catastrophe].

Moving on to the 69th minute when a threaded pass from Colin Cameron [or was it Andy Cameron-I’m easily confused] to Kenny Miller whose low, right foot shot from about eight yards brought us level. The German scalp was there for the taking but unfortunately we just couldn’t manage it. On Monday 7th September we have an opportunity to make-up for that failure – we have beaten World Champions before – and if all else fails then we could do worse than remember what Tommy Gemmell proved back in 1969 – that they really don’t like it up them!


Of course, just three days before our test against the Teutonic Tourists we visit Tbilisi where no doubt the Editor of ‘Georgia Epistles’ is busy cobbling together an article entitled ‘The Scottish are coming’ – then again, maybe he’s not. Unlike in 2007, there should be no ‘unlucky’ maroon-coloured jerseys [or Graeme Murty] to worry about this Friday. A cheap shot I know, especially when it comes from someone such as myself whose only ‘Representative match experience’ was a ten minute trial for the Boys Brigade Glasgow Battalion in 1969. Perhaps it was because we didn’t have a phone in our house at the time that the Selection Committee never got back to me…….

Anyway, safe journeys to one and all and come on Scotland! COME on Scotland! COME ON SCOTLAND!

Robert Marshall

First posted on Facebook August 31st, 2015