They Have A Dream*

Or the merest glimmer of a hope, depending on how you look at it.

Scotia team

Sorry…? What…? That isn’t the men’s team, it’s the women… I thought Craig Gordon was looking a bit curvy.

Let me fix that for you:

Two fingers my friend

Even if they do win tomorrow (Wednesday) Scotland’s chances of being there next June depend on many other factors. This article from the Beeb about that:

Scotland could yet confirm their place in the play-offs for the World Cup finals on Wednesday should they beat the Netherlands.

If results elsewhere go their way, George Burley’s side might avoid a nervous, month-long wait for the other eight European qualification groups to be decided.

Of course, for the Scots to clinch a coveted play-off spot, it’s highly likely they will first need to overcome the odds and beat the Dutch at Hampden.

The worst-placed of the nine group runners-up will miss out on the South Africa 2010 shoot-out in November and Scotland and their rivals for the runners-up spot in Group Nine are in danger of doing just that.

However, Group Three – and to a lesser extent Group Five – provide the Scots with most hope.

» Read the full article for the summary

But before this they have to get a result against Holland, who are not going to exactly lie down for them even if they are all ready qualified. The Netherlands would like to get a 100% record.

The Scotia boys are at home and at Hampden Park and with that crowd behind them. So we’ll see. After all it is football.

– For the music it is only appropriate for this crucial game to pull out one of their better known, probably their most famous song actually.

Originally done back in 1982 and recently revived last year for Children in Need – here is a live version by the celtic bard, the Scotland Springsteen, the Scotia Billy Joel… I’ll stop now… which was recorded a few years ago at, I think at the Edinburgh Festival (lost the note I wrote to myself about it) with a bit of audience participation:

BA Robertson » B.A Robertson – We Have A Dream (Live Version)

[ *Post title to be updated to future past tense after Wednesday ]

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