02 Sep Strachan’s men can exorcise ghosts of Georgia – McFadden
Former Scotland star James McFadden admits he’s still haunted by defeat to Georgia but he says Gordon Strachan’s side can banish those memories in Tbilisi on Friday.
McFadden was part of the Scotland side that suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Georgians which went a long way to ensuring the Scots missed out on Euro 2008 and speaking ahead of the game, the 32-year-old concedes it still rankles with him eight years on.
“I’ve got bad memories of that,” he said.
“That’s one that it still a big gripe. It’s a game that is a ‘what should or could have been’ and it’s still a massive disappointment.
“If we’d won that game then we would have probably went on to qualify for the championships. That’s something that will never leave me.”
Strachan’s side, who sit third in Group D three points behind leaders Poland, have put themselves in a good position to qualify and the former Everton and Motherwell winger McFadden believes this side can avoid the pitfalls which Alex McLeish’s men succumbed to.
“We just need to remember that we can come unstuck. There are players that were there that night [Daivd Marshall, Shaun Maloney and Darren Fletcher] that won’t want to see it happen again.
“They’ll want to go exorcise the ghosts of Georgia.
“The pitfalls of what could happen. The boys that were there before, they’ll know the feeling.
“At the time you think you still have games left but when you look back you realise that it was the game that got you to the Euros.
“It’s a big regret and I’m sure they’ll still be feeling it. Because I do. And I’m not involved [with Scotland] anymore.
“So the warning is there. You learn from it and put on a performance like we did when we played them at home.”