Strachan: Airport hold-up no problem

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan insists Friday’s hold-up in Georgia has had no effect on preparations for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany at Hampden Park tonight.

The Scots dropped into fourth place in Group D, one point behind Republic of Ireland, following their unexpected 1-0 defeat in Tbilisi as the Germans went top with a 3-1 home win over Poland.

Afterwards, Strachan’s squad had to wait in the airport for three hours until their plane turned up, with the players and officials arriving back in Glasgow at 6am on Saturday.

After training at the national stadium, the Scotland boss was adamant his plans to take on the world champions had been unaffected.

“It had no impact on the schedule whatsoever in terms of our training and preparation for this game,” he said.

“Team training never got changed. It was still at four o’clock (on Saturday) and it went the same way. We always come to training here at Hampden (today) at 11.15am, we did that. Meals have been at the same time so nothing has changed. So we are okay.”

If preparations remained intact, hopes of qualification for France next summer suffered a blow against the Georgians.

Strachan said: “We trained and (players) got rid of their anger at not playing, angry at the way they played, anything they were angry about, they got it out (on Saturday), which was good.

"I was the same. I started picking the team, thinking I have a good player that can go in there and there.

“So you have to suffer and we have suffered a bit.

“But I have looked at it again and I will say it again, we didn’t do enough to win the game but we definitely did enough not to lose the game and that has been confirmed by a lot of knowledgeable people I know in the game.

“We deal with that disappointment and look forward to this wonderful challenge against the world champions.”

Strachan, who has no injury worries, believes Germany are “starting to roll now” after a slow start but is hopeful of a positive result to get the campaign back on track.

He said: “They are over that transitional period where new players were coming in and people were retiring. They are looking good again.”

Joachim Low claims Scotland’s defeat will only increase their threat tonight.

“Whenever they are up against top opponents, Germany, England or other big-time opposition, they give everything from the first minute. The crowd will get behind their team especially as Scotland are fighting their last chance in many eyes.


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