If Scotland fail to qualify for the European Under-19 Championships then the door for a Jack Harper return will be well and truly open. If Scotland make it then Sbragia will be justified in his squad selection, for the short term at least.
More importantly should results at this level of the game take precedent over player and team development? Does development beget results or is it the other way round? Results and player development are not mutually exclusive either.
Harper’s father said that Spanish footballing authorities enquired about Harper’s availability once they learned he was dropped from the Scotland squad. The nightmare scenario for anyone involved with the SFA would be seeing Jack Harper score the winning goal in a competitive match for Spain against Scotland. That couldn’t happen, could it?