With Scotland scraping another point this time at the hands of serial nemesis Israel, we have to emphasise how little love we now have for the national team.
When it comes to international breaks, we take interest in all the countries our players play for – Finland, Croatia, Romania, Sweden, Colombia and Canada, to name but six, but we have to say despite Jon McLaughlin (and Jack) being called up for Scotland, it’s hard to give any kind of figs about Clarke’s Scotland.
In truth, we’ve had no real interest or love for the NT for a long time – the persecution of Rangers put paid to that ever since Loch Lomond.
But today’s NT features effectively no Rangers involvement (admittedly Rangers have only one real outfield player Clarke can actually call up) and with that, interest has failed to return.
But we do care about the other countries our players fly their flag for – Sweden, Romania, Nigeria, Croatia – that’s where our interest is, in seeing our players do themselves and their club proud by putting in a shift.
Of course, it’s always nice to see your players thrive for their country – it gets global attention, raises their profile, their value, and of course Rangers’ profile too.
But that just isn’t there when it comes to Scotland. Ryan Jack will never be worth much, Jon McLaughlin won’t be either, and watching the NT is a chore.
Sure, there are a bunch of players with Rangers connections – Fleck, McBurnie, Dykes to an extent – but that’s slim pickings.
Instead we’re more interested in how Sweden, or Croatia or Finland are doing, because our players are involved and it matters.
Just wish we felt the same about Scotland.