Euro 2008 started yesterday. I am terminally uninterested, largely of course due to Scotland not being there, and partly because sport is so much less interesting when you have no TV and are relying on the radio and internet. The Champions’ League Final a wee while back was on the radio but I gave up listening after a few minutes. Unless there’s a Scottish team, it’s really hard to get animated.
Plus, I am not really in a football mood because the domestic season’s been over for a few weeks, and that was more than interesting enough. With the SPL title going down to the wire, the mighty Ross County going straight back up after winning division 2, and Gretna’s self-destruction, there was plenty to keep us interested.
And in Europe, Scotland’s representatives did well – Rangers defending their way to the UEFA Cup final, Celtic making the last 16 of the Champions’ League again, and Aberdeen doing creditably in the UEFA Cup too.
The national team is also continuing to show positive signs, and the first friendlies under George Burley suggest the 2010 World Cup qualifiers starting this autumn will allow for continued progress… and who knows, maybe qualification?
Next season should be exciting – will the championship go to the wire again? Will Hearts ever get a credible manager? Can Dundee United defeat the evil forces of refereeing? Will anyone separate the old Firm? Will Aberdeen continue to lose all their decent players and collapse into the bottom six? How will Ross County do back in division 1? And will the process to replace Gretna again strongly highlight the need for a Scottish football pyramid?
Once the summer’s over we can get back to the normal business of football and start finding out.