Scotland’s big international fixture against Albania on Saturday will see them come up against Rangers’ Eros Grezda.
There’s not any Rangers player on international duty that fans want to remain quiet outside of the right-winger. After all, a good game for Grezda and we would probably be out of contention to win the group.
Animosity between the Scottish national side and the Rangers fans has slowly gotten worse and worse in recent years. The constant booing of Rangers players such as Ryan Jack has infuriated many Gers fans. Supporters have also been angered by the club’s demotion to the Third Division back in 2012.
There will be plenty of people hoping that Grezda unleashes his full potential on Scotland. Such is the anger many feel towards the national team, many won’t shed a tear should Grezda add to Scotland’s hurt.
Some, however, still follow the national side regardless, and will know all too well of the hurt they’ve had for years. Scotland haven’t qualified for a major international tournament since France ’98. Since then, it’s been painful campaign after painful campaign in a bid to get back to the big-time.
A wonderful chance for Scotland
The Nations League provides the country with a fresh chance to break their 20-year duck once more. Whoever finishes top of their groups will go forward to the playoffs to decide who gets a spot at Euro 2020.
Of course, failure to reach it through the Nations League won’t be a disaster. The regular qualification campaign will take place in March 2019 to March 2020. Of course, we all know how much Scotland bottle it via the regular route.
So Grezda and his Albanian team-mates will be looking to continue that hurt against Alex McLeish’s Scots this weekend. Should Albania win, Scotland would drop to the bottom of Group 1 of League C. In other words, their chances of topping the group would pretty much over.
Scotland really have to watch out for the Rangers starlet on Saturday. The right-winger bagged a brace against Motherwell last weekend, and will look to get at the Scots from the off. He’s one of Albania’s in-form talents at the moment, and a player McLeish simply has to try and halt.
Rangers won’t want any of their players having international disasters. For Scotland’s sake, however, it would be ideal if Grezda remained quiet for 90 minutes.