Nicola Sturgeon backs Gordon Strachan to remain Scotland boss

10/10/2017 03:00 | 16

Nicola Sturgeon backs Gordon Strachan to remain Scotland boss

We can't go and think we can dominate a team that's as good as that here.

Leigh Griffiths' superb finish had given Scotland a first-half lead in Ljubljana but two set-piece goals from Roman Bezjak quickly turned the game on its head. A late Robert Snodgrass equaliser briefly gave Scotland hope, but a victor did not follow.

Manager Gordon Strachan's future is unclear and there are members of the squad considering their global futures before the inaugural Nations League and subsequent Euro 2020 campaign, with the latter not beginning until March 2019. The players' families have backed them up and everything else.

"Against a physical side, we knew set-plays would be a problem and they scored from two set-plays".

The fans cant hurt like that. Me, it's not a problem. I am proud, really proud, to be their manager'.

And Strachan believes an inherent physical disadvantage is hindering Scotland's ability to match their rivals.

England, which was already sure of first place and an automatic berth in the tournament in Russian Federation, beat Lithuania 1-0 to conclude an undefeated campaign with 26 points from a possible 30.

The Russia 2018 qualification campaign was the second time Scotland failed to reach a major finals under Strachan, following the failed attempt to qualify for Euro 2016.

"What I do know is that genetically we are behind". I am the only one that actually puts the theories into practice. But we took the lead.

The former Celtic and Southampton manager said his players were crestfallen at finishing just short and hopes they will learn from the painful experience. We can't change genetics and just can't play the biggest people in Scotland.

Strachan, who is 5ft 6in tall, suggested: "Maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do". Nobody tell me their technique apart from one player is better than any of ours but physically we have a problem. That takes a lot out of you and that's what's happened tonight.

"They can be proud of themselves and actually it's an honour to be their coach".

Gordon Strachan's future as Scotland manager is expected to be decided within a week at a meeting of the Scottish FA board.

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