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Roughie’s View: Scotland need cool heads in hostile Georgia

By September 2, 2015No Comments

It’s a horrible saying “must-win” but, if we lose, it will put a huge dent in our qualification hopes.

I know Gordon Strachan is hopeful of winning the group – which is positive – but I actually think Poland are better than Germany.

If Germany don’t miss finals, then, I still think we’re looking at a play-off place. Every point we get is vital.

I was at the stadium in Tbilisi the last time in 2007 and it was a very hostile atmosphere.

Everybody says the atmosphere at Hampden is electric but the supporters really come out in their numbers over there.

There are fireworks and flares and it makes it a hostile environment to play in. It’s about keeping a cool head.

Scotland lost 2-0 and didn’t play particularly well that time. The Georgians are like a St Johnstone or an Inverness – a really stuffy side which is well organised and difficult to break down.

However, pulling on a Scotland jersey is enough to up your game and they should have enough about them to beat the Crusaders.

Most of the Scottish players have played in the Premier League in front of big crowds. It is going to be an intimidating atmosphere but good players often rise to the occasion.

They can be a difficult side to play but Scotland need to come up with two goals. We’ll need a better performance than the one against Ireland.

It could be a long, long 90 minutes. I don’t think anyone will want to sit and watch the tele if we’re only up one nothing!

We’ve already played Georgia. The players know exactly what they are going to get. It’s a team that is going to sit in and hit you on the break so the sooner you break them down the better.

The team is pretty settled now. I think the position up front is still up for grabs. Fletcher has been playing ahead of Griffiths but he’s not scoring goals.

I keep saying Griffiths is a great SPFL player but this is a different level which he’s not proved himself at yet.

We’ve got two strikers that’s all we have. We don’t have a Lewandowski who can win games single handed.

At the other end, David Marshall is still No.1 for me even although Gordon has been playing well. He’s had a fantastic season. But you’re No.1 until you make a mistake.