Early Doors cannot say it wouldn't be annoyed if it had to sit on the bench while Chris Iwelumo missed open goals, but Kris Boyd's international 'retirement' seems a bit far-fetched.
Justifying his decision to keep Boyd on the bench against Norway on Saturday, Scotland boss George Burley pointed out that the striker isn't even a regular first-teamer for Rangers.
Burley needn't have bothered - you don't need the talent-spotting genius of Arsene Wenger to distinguish Boyd from the second coming of Gabriel Batistuta, and his refusal to play for Burley will have precisely no effect since he wasn't playing anyway.
True, Boyd has an excellent scoring record at club level, having found the net 74 times in 112 appearances for Rangers - many of those from the bench.
But let's face it - if you were to list the people with the easiest jobs in the world, Old Firm strikers slot in somewhere between Cristiano Ronaldo's self-esteem coach and Newcastle United's official trophy-buffer.
At Rangers, Boyd has fallen in the pecking order behind Kenny Miller. The same Kenny Miller who scored four times in 30 Premier League games for Derby last season.
Needless to say, Miller has since rediscovered his scoring touch, taking only six games to equal last season's goal tally.
Look at some of the other strikers who have briefly set the world alight for the Ibrox club, and it is clear that any Tom, Dick or Nacho could lead the line effectively against the likes of Hamilton Academical and St Mirren.
Rod Wallace scored 27 goals in 1998/99 and Dado Prso, a man who looked like he should have been starring in a blue movie, made himself a hero with 25 goals in his first season.
The likes of Michael Mols, Shota Arveladze, Peter Lovenkrands, a geriatric Claudio Caniggia and even, briefly, Stephane Guivarc'h - the worst player ever to have won the World Cup (sorry Roque Junior) - have all looked like world-beaters in recent years.
And don't forget the incomparable Marco Negri, who slammed in 23 goals in his first 10 SPL games, 'celebrated' them all with a cursory handshake, suffered an eye injury playing squash and was never heard from again.
Except by the Rangers payroll department, who spent the next three-and-a-half years paying him £18,000 a week. Negri couldn't even get a contract at Derby when he went on trial there.
It is somewhat ironic that Iwelumo's miss ended up enhancing his chances of playing for Scotland again.
Apart from committing one of the top five blunders ever seen on a football pitch, he actually played rather well.
Had he scored, even the petulant Boyd would have found it hard to flounce out of the Burley era. Iwelumo missed, Boyd quit, and the Wolves man cemented his status as Scotland's number three striker after James McFadden and Kenny Miller.
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There must be something about a striker's mentality that gives him an inflated sense of self-worth. The fact that he is a professional footballer can't help.
But these types of spat are nothing new. Remember when 'Andrew' Cole retired from international football? Or Chris Sutton? No, of course you don't - they were a complete irrelevance.
And yet both men decided to turn the tables on England's management. Their country was no longer rejecting them: they were rejecting their country. Take that, Svennis!
Lunatic France boss Raymond Domenech's reliance on horoscopes to dictate selection has led to numerous run-ins with forwards.
He got in particular trouble when Russell Grant told him to pick Bafetimbi Gomis for Euro 2008 instead of David Trezeguet.
The Juventus striker called the decision "unacceptable", "inexcusable" and "incomprehensible" and called for Domenech to be sacked.
Ludovic Giuly found himself snubbed after sending a text to Domenech's better half, Estelle Denis.
Giuly attempted to diffuse the situation by saying he didn't know the pair were a couple and, in any case: "Estelle Denis doesn't attract me." Nice.
And, just this weekend, Germany's Kevin Kuranyi walked out on the team after being told he wouldn't be involved in the game against Russia.
Kuranyi has since apologised, but the scarf-wearing, snout-smoking Joachim Loew doesn't want to know about it, huffing: "I cannot accept a reaction such as that shown by Kevin, and therefore I will no longer select him in future for the national side."
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Amr Zaki on the weather in the North-West: "I'm not very proud of the experience at Lokomotiv [Moscow]. I only stayed for three months and did not play a game because I suffered from homesickness and the terrible climate. But it is very different at Wigan. I knew what was waiting for me and I am getting all the support I need." It must be rainy in Egypt this time of year..
FOREIGN VIEW: Following the Kevin Kuranyi scandal Bild's excellent English-language website runs down some other great German controversies.
Highlights include Uli Stein calling West Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer a clown at the 1986 World Cup, Steffen Effenberg's legendary middle finger salute to German fans in 1994 and any number of indiscretions featuring chain-smoking booze-hound Mario Basler.
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