Why Scottish Football Is Still in Better Shape Than Wales

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Why Scottish Football Is Still in Better Shape Than Wales
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With Gareth Bale arguably the most dangerous attacker in the English Premier League, Swansea winning the English League Cup and Cardiff City winning promotion to join them as the Principality's second team in the top flight, things seem to be going rather well for Welsh football.

Quite a contrast with Scotland.

Teams in financial turmoil, unrest over proposed league reconstruction, dwindling crowds, and awful performances by the national side (including, notably, two defeats to Wales in the past year)...the list of problems currently facing Scottish football seems endless.

All the same, it's not really as simple as that. While Welsh football is going through a period of renewed optimism, they still trail Scotland in most areas - and quite possibly always will.

Here are five reasons why football in Scotland is still in better shape than football in Wales.

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