Ex-Rangers keeper Goram: Scotland must now follow Belgium

Andy Goram believes that Scotland manager Gordon Strachan needs to look at the Belgian blueprint in order to improve the national team.

Andy Goram believes that Scotland manager Gordon Strachan needs to look at the Belgian blueprint in order to improve the national team.

The former Oldham Athletic, Hibernian, Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper was saddened by the performance of Strachan’s side in their 2-0 loss to Serbia on Tuesday which has put them out of World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Goram wrote in his column for SunSport that perhaps Scotland needs to follow Group A leaders Belgium more closely in regards to how to bring players through the youth system.

“I don’t know the population of Belgium, but that’s where Gordon Strachan should be looking to after an appalling night in Novi Sad,” he wrote.

“They’re a small country and their domestic league is nothing to get excited about.

What nation does that remind you of?

“But have a look at Group A. They’re top of it with 16 points. We’ve got two!

“They’re going to Brazil, all right. We’re going backwards.

“But about 10 years ago the Belgians were in a similar state to us now. Well down the world rankings and having missed out on five major finals on the trot.

“They rebuilt from the bottom up and look at them now. That run of non-qualification is about to come to an end in spectacular fashion.

“We don’t have an Eden Hazard or a Marouane Fellaini, but we can certainly try and find a system that suits the players we do have.

“Last night’s defeat in Serbia has to go down as another lesson for our team.

“And we now have to be aiming towards getting a squad and a formation ready for the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.”

 
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