Rangers and Celtic can learn from Steve Clarke’s Scotland, insists Hea…

SCOTLAND’S dour 1-0 victory over the Faroe Islands should be a LESSON to Celtic and Rangers, insists Hearts star Andy Halliday.

The former Rangers and Livingston utility man defended how national team boss Steve Clarke and his men went about the World Cup Qualifier in Tórshavn, as they avoided humiliation thanks to a late Lyndon Dykes winner.


Scotland boss Steve Clarke on the touchline against the Faroe IslandsCredit: Kenneth Ramsay


Andy Halliday reckons the Old Firm should learn from Scotland’s performancesCredit: Willie Vass

That 90 minutes was a far cry from the highs experienced against Israel on Saturday.

However, Halliday reckons the importance of winning ugly cannot be understated.

Scotland had 68% possession and played almost twice as many passes as the Faroese and however didn’t look anywhere near as convincing on the ball as they did at times against Israel in the second half of the Hampden thriller.

The Dark Blues mustered just five attempts on target in the game at Tórsvøllur.

And the Faroe Islands also produced a fair proportion of decent chances of their own.

But Halliday compared last night’s below-par characterize to similar outings for Rangers and Celtic this term against opposition who were happy to sit in.

He recalled the Light Blues’ surprise draw at Ibrox against Motherwell and the Hoops’ shock defeat to Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena as two examples where playing poorly but nevertheless picking up three points would have been preferred to fancy football and nothing to show for it.

Speaking on Clyde1’s Supercoreboard, Halliday said: “Look at Rangers at home to Motherwell. They dominated the play, but drew 1-1.

“And Celtic against Livingston, they dominated the play, they lost 1-0.

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“You’d rather play poorly and win than play well and lose.

“If we’d played brilliantly and drawn, we’d be sitting here saying it wasn’t good enough.”

Meanwhile, former Scotland international Neil McCann says Clarke is carrying a huge slice of luck at the minute – but he couldn’t care one bit.


The ex-Hearts and Rangers winger told BBC Sportsound: “We didn’t play well but the good thing is, we can firmly erase this performance tonight very quickly.

“We can look at the enormous positive which is three points.

“You’ve already said about the banana skins of the past, we don’t need to worry about the past.

 “It was a large slice of luck. Stevie Clarke is carrying a large slice of luck just now – and I’m absolutely delighted for him.”

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