Scotland’s players should take out their frustration on hapless Gibraltar
Scotland’s players and management fly to Faro with nothing but uncertainty on the horizon.
Gordon Strachan’s contract ends at the final whistle this Sunday but the Scotland manager refused to be drawn on his future following Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Poland which put the final nail in Scotland’s Group D coffin. The Scottish FA will decide what happens next over the coming weeks.
Scotland have made progress under Strachan – they’ve taken four points off the Republic of Ireland and drawn twice with Poland. But old failing returned to haunt them in Georgia last month and, coupled with Ireland’s win over Germany on Thursday, even a play-off place is now out of reach.
They say you can always spot a member of the Tartan Army as he’ll be wearing a kilt, be draped in the flag of St Andrew and carrying a calculator so he can work out all the possible permutations by which Scotland can qualify.
But that last item will now be largely redundant in Faro, unless it’s needed to keep count of the number of goals Scotland score against the hapless Gibraltarians. The Scots hit them for six at Hampden – including a Steven Fletcher hat-trick – and they’ve already conceded 50 goals in their nine qualifiers to date.
Strachan may decide to give a few of his fringe players – like Jordan Rhodes and Leigh Griffiths – an outing on the Algarve, where the Tartan Army will be having a party regardless. Let’s hope that the sun at least shines on the faithful as the weather in the region has been undecidedly un-Mediterranean in recent days!
There may be little point in backing Scotland in our Full Time Result betting at 1/33 unless you are including them in an accumulator but you can back the away side in our Handicap betting at 1/9 conceding a goal start to the minnows.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Sunday, October 11th at the Estadio Algarve, Faro
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