if scotland want to ever have a quarter-decent team again, being, as they are, a smallish country of 5m people, in the main blessed with neither favourable genetics nor disposition towards healthy lifestyles, they [i don't know who i mean by 'they' - government? professional clubs?] needs to be putting in serious cash to coaching kids, every boy with even a smidgen of talent needs to be putting serious hours in, it needs to be a cultural thing, y'know, 'scotland the country of footballers'. england are no great shakes of course but at an elite level [only] the coaching is probably moving in the right direction, & population factors can definitely mask a multitude of other things, i.e. having ten times as many people as the jocks do kind of helps, as does, without wishing to come across as a sinister LSOE style racial theorist, having a large net flow of immigrants including from some parts of the world where certain types of athleticism are more common.