Flower Of Scotland
The defence has solidified, the increased forward depth has provided more options, and the management tactics have rejuvenated the team’s overall approach.
The midfield has also shown some advances, but has not yet reached the level of rivals such as the Seattle Sounders.
This area of the team though is soon due to receive a bit of an overhaul as well with the imminent arrival of Scottish veteran Barry Robson, who has recently been playing with English League Championship side Middlesbrough.
The fiery haired Scot is an intriguing prospect for MLS as he has played to a very high level, but will join the ‘Caps with plenty left in the tank, unlike players such as David Beckham, who is definitely on the downside of his career.
In fact, in his final season with Middlesbrough, which has just concluded, Robson was voted by the team’s supporters as Player of the Year.
He’s also still willing and able to play for Scotland should they call on him.
When the 2014 World Cup qualification campaigns starts in September, he has gone on record as saying he would fly across from Canada and back if Craig Levein still needs him.
“‘To go out and play at Hampden when the fans are singing Flower of Scotland – you are going to travel from anywhere.” he recently said to the Dailymail.co.uk.
Here are some characteristics to look for in the Whitecaps import:
- True to his ginger nature, the Scot plays with a real fire to his game and will inspire the team with his energy.
- Robson is a truly versatile player, who can play anywhere across the midfield, as well as at full back.
- The ex-Celtic and 17 time Scotland player provides a deep reservoir of international playing experience that is really only matched on the current ‘Caps squad by YP Lee.
- One of the detriments of the Whitecaps midfield is a lack of goals, and Robson can fill this gap with his historical average of a goal every 5 games.
- Robson is a leader, having served as captain with both Dundee United and Middlesbrough.
Penalty for Celtic (1:40 mark)