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Strachan hints at changes for Germany

By September 6, 2015No Comments

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says he may make changes for their vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany.

The Scots face an uphill battle to qualify for next summer’s tournament after they lost 1-0 to Georgia on Friday to leave them in fourth place in Group D.

Strachan’s side never had a shot on target against Georgia and with likes of Leigh Griffiths as other options available to him, the Scotland boss admits he could make one or two changes.

“Yes, I’m tempted to freshen things up,” he said. “The build up in the last two thirds was good but the final third we weren’t at our best against Georgia.

“Whatever you say about that though, the work rate of this squad is unquestionable.

“It only has to improve in the last third. The last two thirds we didn’t get many strikes at goal but neither did they.”

Strachan added that he would have no problem lifting his side for the visit of the world champions after Friday’s disappointment.

“They are used to it they are footballers. They’ve never went through their careers and it’s been easy going. These guys have been getting knock-backs since they were 15-year-old that’s why they are here.”

He added: “The players give me hope. The fact we are playing here gives me hope. Apart from the Gibraltar game there’s been one goal of difference so that gives me hope.”

The Scotland boss also played down the delay they had after the Georgia match in impacting on their preparation for the Germany match.

“Team training never got changed. It was still 4 o’clock it was still the way we train.

“It’s had no impact on the schedule whatsoever in terms of our training and preparation for this game.

“Germany are starting to roll now. I think they are over that transitional period. They are looking good again. There’s a lot to admire in German football.”