Scotland vs Slovenia World Cup Qualifier Live Streaming, Playing 11
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 1:14
Knowing this could be his final team as Scotland manager, Strachan named six Celtic players in his line-up, including debutant Stuart Armstrong, and made some surprising inclusions.
In a match of few chances, Chris Martin played the role of hero for Scotland, scoring an 88th-minute victor against Slovenia. However, Strachan has since convinced Brown to come back into the fold.
Because I think everybody knows we deserved to win that game tonight so it was a sweet moment for anybody who wanted to enjoy the victory with us.
Slovenia have lost just one of their last nine competitive fixtures and, having picked up four points from matches against Slovakia and England respectively, Katanec's team have shown that they are capable of making their mark in Group F.
"We will have to combat the strength and ability of Slovenia, because they are a right good side". We can look at that later on.
Canada are 50 places below the Scots in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, but McGhee insists Strachan will make widespread changes to what was an experimental line-up and he is confident of a much more dynamic display in Sunday's Hampden Park clash.
"They will be bigger than us but the most important thing for us to nullify that is attack the other way and make sure most of the action is down the other end".
Leigh Griffiths admits he needs to learn to relax if he is to finally bag his first goal for Scotland.
"They are aggressive all over the pitch and have good players but maybe their weakness is at the set-pieces because they leave too much room for the opponents to score at that time". I don't think whether he loses his job or not has any bearing on the team he picks or the tactics or how he approaches the job on Sunday night. A few booed Strachan's decision to bring on Martin but they were no doubt celebrating as much as everyone else when the substitute netted.
Griffiths is battling with Steven Fletcher, Chris Martin, Steven Naismight and Jordan Rhodes to start as Scotland's striker; he is the only one of the five yet to score at global level.
Ikechi Anya was expected to continue on the right side of defence after impressing against both England and Canada but that role instead went to Celtic's 19-year-old Kieran Tierney, deployed on the opposite flank to his usual left back starting berth.
Strachan was a relieved man after his side grabbed a precious three points.