SCOTLAND BOSS WANT FRIENDLY BEFORE SLOVENIA CLASH

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan says he hopes the national team side would play a friendly game before their “must-win” clash against Slovenia in 2017 so the players can warm up ahead of the game.


Scotland is four points behind second-placed opponents but they hope to tap into the opportunity presented by four home games of five.


Scotland coach Gordon Strachan says he hopes the national team side would play a friendly game before their “must-win” clash against Slovenia in 2017 so the players can warm up ahead of the game.


Scotland is four points behind second-placed opponents but they hope to tap into the opportunity presented by four home games of five.

The Scots won Malta 5-1 but they played a draw against Lithuania. Their hope of qualifying for World Cup 2018 was dealt a substantial blow due to losses against Slovakia and England in October and November respectively.

“We have to start winning games at home. And we have to win the next one, that’s for sure. We’ll probably play a friendly before it, because at the moment we have a lot of players not getting a regular game.

“Two or three weeks after the England game, we have six strikers who we usually call on and only one played for their team that weekend. So that’s why we’ll have a friendly, so guys like that can have games,” the coach said.

Scotland football team has not had the best showing in the past year but the manager has said that the team would have to put that aside and work this year. Despite his failure in qualifying for Euro 2016, Strachan signed a two-year deal to remain head coach. He took over from Craig Levein early 2013 but there have been increased speculation he could get fired if the team records more losses in the race for Russia 2018. However, the Scottish apex football body has insisted that the 59-year old coach remains under no pressure as they have their faith strongly on him.

Strachan agreed that last year was a “huge bit of disappointment” but promised to get to work this year.

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