Scotland’s Strachan: I feel like a fraud at Premier League games because Scots aren’t playing

Gordon Strachan says it is imperative for the Scotland national team that those playing in the Premier League get regular game time.

Gordon Strachan says it is imperative for the Scotland national team that those playing in the Premier League get regular game time.

The likes of Everton’s Steven Naismith, Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan and Wigan Athletic’s James McArthur have all been struggling to amass minutes at club level and Strachan feels that needs to change if the national team wants to improve.

Strachan also admits he experiences a fraudulent feeling whenever he visits top flight England games because the Scottish players are usually sitting on the bench.

“There’s a problem because some of the lads are not playing,” he said.

“I’ve got a list telling me it was four minutes for Naismith over three games, 24 minutes for Charlie, James McArthur is getting a wee half hour here and there.

“It would be easier for me to pick them if they were playing regularly, that’s for sure. I want them to get more games.

“I can’t decide their careers for them. It’s up to them to decide what they do with their careers.

“But from a Scotland manager’s point of view, it would be nice to watch top players playing in top divisions, instead of going along and seeing them sit on the bench.

“At the moment I ask myself ‘Do I go and see Stoke versus Aston Villa?’. I think ‘Hmm, I think Barry Bannan got taken off last week, I don’t think Paul (Lambert) will play him’. I was right. And Charlie is going to be a sub.

“I feel like a fraud, turning up to watch what, exactly? Everybody but Scotsmen.

“Instead, I go to Nottingham Forest v Blackpool, because there are Scots getting a game.”

 
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