Hearts' Berra For Scotland?!
I think I can now add the word 'embarrassed' to others like 'bored' and 'apathy' in connection to comments attributed to Stevie Frail in the press about Hearts.
It seems that Frail now believes that captain Christophe Berra should be in line for a Scotland call-up if he continues to play like he has done recently. Now, it's fair enough praising your players
in public if you think they've been playing well, but surely this is taking things just a little too far given the sort of season that we've been enduring?
I realise that Scotland aren't exactly blessed with a plethora of world-beating centre-halves right now, but Berra has been very fortunate to even be in a poor Hearts side for long spells this season, let alone anything else. To me he is no more than a very average central defender, the sort that you generally see playing for most run-of-the-mill SPL sides. He does have his attributes of course, but then so do the likes of Lee Wilkie and Darren Dods, both of whom are players I would class as being at a similar level to Berra. In other words, capable enough but nowhere near international class, and it's therefore unfair for him to have these unrealistic comments placed into the public domain. It's only going to make him look stupid somewhere down the line, a bit like Stevie Fulton was after Billy McNeill compared him to Roberto Baggio!
Perhaps I'm being a little hard on Frail, who once again it would appear had very little of any substance to say to the media this weekend, hence this nonsense coming out. But really, is it not about time that a new policy of 'only say something when you really feel the need to' should be adopted by the club? I'm not sure I can take much more of this!