Scotland’s performances against Serbia and Macedonia last week were a lot like a second-hand jigsaw puzzle – ragged, frustrating and with a lot of missing pieces. Chief on the absent elements list were attacking intent, creative instinct and the unpredictable frisson that suggests a moment of magic may be lurking, ready to pounce at any moment. In other words, Scotland were missing this, some of this and most emphatically any trace of this. It feels like a long time since this sentence was the underlying point of any national team match report, but Scotland Needs James McFadden.
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