The book title is a total misnomer as obviously none of the soccer players profiled are actual geniuses. I would also argue most of them are not even soccer geniuses a la Pele or Beckenbauer. I'll even add they are hardly brainiacs when it comes to dealing with being professional athletes.
Maybe the standards of physical fitness needed to play soccer is far lower than other sports but what is up with the binge drinking by so many of these players?
Also, it's a stretch to consider George Best as one of the Scottish League's flawed geniuses as he played such a short time for Hibs and mainly after his glory days with Man United. I found the stuff on Hughie Gallacher more a tragedy post-soccer career as he was able to have a really great career and maxed out his potential.
Andy Goram was the most interesting chapter as we don't really get a steady dose of SPL soccer in Canada and I had no idea how highly reagrded he was. mainly he looked average at best for Scotland and Rangers may have won a bunch of SPL titles in a row but they never did anything in Europe so I always figured, as many do, winning a two-horse race (basically, the SPL is either the other half of the Old Firm challenging for the title or, if not, one other team) yearly is hardly the stuff of legends except in certain narrowly-focused fans' minds.
Mostly, the players came off as stupid. It just boggles your mind what simpletons they are. This is not going to be a book where you'll be in awe of their abilities.
To be honest, I picked this up mainly because it's the only book I;'ve seen talk about Chic Charnely and Andy Ritchie--two players I have never seen play but often heard about. Charnley because I saw a pic in a Scottish sports section of him doing a bicycle kick for Partick Thistle and reading he was some awesome talent then never hearing anything again about him.
Ritchie because he was named Scottish Footballer of the Year in 1979 playing for Morton of all sides!
I did like the author's writing style but found the soccer players pretty much dolts. I'd like to see the author maybe tackle the former propensity for Scotland to churn out quality midfielders such as Gordon Strachan, Graeme Souness, Paul McStay, Bruce Rioch, Asa Hartford, Archie Gemmill and their ilk. If you're reading this Stephen McGowan, think about it.