There’s been much debate about ‘genetics’ since Scotland manager Gordon Strachan mentioned them in his post match press conference following the 2-2 draw with Slovenia in Ljubljana.
The draw meant Scotland had gone on an undefeated run of six games but also resulted in the country failing to secure a play-off place for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.
Whether WGS deliberately mentioned we’re ‘too small genetically’ to take away from the fact Scotland failed to qualify or not, he succeeded. He’s now the focus, mostly of ridicule, with his statement. But f you think back, Sunday was NOT the first time he commented on the size of players we produce.
I remember him using the same analogy when Shaun Maloney was playing, in fact I’m sure it was after the European qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland. So, it’s obvious, rightly or wrongly, he believes he’s right.
Like Gordon himself, there are many contradictions to the validity of the genetic argument, namely the fact most of the best players in the world are on the small side, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi aren’t exactly giants, but to be fair, with their ability, size isn’t too much of an issue.
Scotland simply don’t have players with that ability, or even near that ability.
I do get the physicality argument, bigger, stronger players tend to be more athletic, but to blame it on genetics is a bit of a no-no, in my opinion.There are way too many connotations as to how you win a football match.
If Scotland’s ‘taller’ players, Charlie Mulgrew, Christoph Berra and Darren Fletcher had dealt with the two set pieces better, then wee Leigh Griffiths goal might have been enough..