Monday, 3 September 2012

Scots 'Abroad' - Weekend Round Up

With the international break upon us it was an excellent weekend for Scots in the squad playing outwith the SPL... and one or two not in the squad. See our weekend round-up of Scots 'abroad' below.

Steven Fletcher - Sunderland - 67 mins - 2 goals
We posted our thoughts on his big money move last week... not to show off or anything but he scored 2 goals on his debut! Suck it up Levein!

Craig Mackail-Smith - Brighton - 90 mins - 2 goals
Another player surprisingly not in the Scotland squad and taking this weekend to make a point to the national coach as to why he should be in the squad with 2 goals for Brighton in a 3-1 win against Burnley, including a sensational bicycle kick.

Shaun Maloney - Wigan - 90 mins - 1 goal
James McArthur - Wigan - 77 mins
Gary Caldwell - Wigan - 90 mins
Charlie Adam - Stoke City - Sub on 36 mins

Another debut maker (Adam), coming on as a first half substitute and coming close to a debut goal were it not for a great reaction save by Al Habsi. There was a goal, however, from the penalty spot for Shaun Maloney to open the scoring in this entertaining game that finished 2-2.

Robert Snodgrass - Norwich - 90 mins - 1 goal
A player getting high praise since his summer move from Leeds to Norwich and he opened his Premier League scoring with a fine finish late in the game to grab a point for his team.

Ross McCormack - Leeds Utd - 90 mins - 1 goal
Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn Rovers - 90 mins
Grant Hanley - Blackburn Rovers - Sub on 10 mins

Arguably the marquee match in the Championship this weekend ended in 3-3 draw. The match featured the debut of current National Side poster boy Jordan Rhodes after his £8m move to Blackburn Rovers. No luck for Rhodes on this occasion but on the other end of the field Ross McCormack volleyed home the 2nd goal for Leeds.

Allan McGregor - Besiktas - 90 mins - Clean Sheet
Further afield, there was good news for Craig Levein as former Rangers 'keeper Allan McGregor made his comeback from injury, playing 90 minutes and recording a clean sheet for Besiktas in their 3-0 away win to Karabukspor.

Kenny Miller - Vancouver Whitecaps - 90 mins
Barry Robson - Vancouver Whitecaps - 90 mins
In the MLS, Kenny Miller had another fruitless day as the Whitecaps slumped to their fourth straight defeat against David Beckham's LA Galaxy. Former Celtic and Dundee Utd man Barry Robson also played the full 90. It remains to be seen whether Miller will go into the World Cup qualifiers as Scotland's number 1 striker.

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