Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Scotland's World Cup dream over after draw against Slovenia

That was the happiest moment I've had in football- Barry Bannan hopes Scotland can replicate Thursday night's heroics Plenty of Scotland fans are in agreement with Chris Sutton's concise verdict of their qualification campaign
Christy Curtis | 09 October, 2017, 01:50

Scotland's task in Ljubljana tonight is not easy but the permutations are simple: win and they will secure a World Cup play-off, something which seemed unimaginable not so long ago.

"I don't think there's any man better for the job", said Griffiths when asked about the future of the head coach.

"In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain".

Scotland's chances flickered back to life in the closing moments when substitute Robert Snodgrass bundled in an equaliser before Bostjan's Cesar late sending off, but it was not enough to salvage an all-important victory in what could prove Strachan's final match in charge.

The national team needed a win to reach the knockout tie and were leading at half time but drew 2-2 in Slovenia to see their hopes of playing at Russian Federation 2018 end in bitter disappointment.

"We work on set-plays all week to try and keep them out".

However, opponents Slovenia sit just two points behind and Slovakia are also lurking with just one point less. Unless you've been in that situation I don't think I've got the words to explain it to you.

Although many Rangers fans now have little interest in the Scottish national team, some took to Twitter to praise Celtic striker Griffiths on an accomplished performance at Hampden.

"It's a shame we haven't been able to do it", said the Derby centre-forward.

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