Supervisor Alex McLeish has vowed to maintain making an attempt to make amends for Scotland’s shock defeat in Kazakhstan – and claims there shall be twists and turns of their European Championship qualifying group.
McLeish and his gamers have come underneath fireplace after a 3-Zero loss in opposition to the world’s 117th-ranked group of their opening Group I encounter, with their probabilities of automated qualification already written off in lots of quarters.
Scotland have solely as soon as reached a serious event after shedding their opening qualifier, once they recovered from defeat in opposition to then European champions Czechoslovakia to make the 1978 World Cup.
Nations League success has earned Scotland a assured play-off place ought to they fail to complete within the high two of a bunch additionally containing Belgium, Russia, Cyprus and San Marino, who host McLeish’s males on Sunday.
However McLeish is decided to make it up the supporters little by little and never wait till subsequent 12 months’s Nations League resumption.
“The one apology we may give the followers is to exit and win the subsequent sport,” he stated.
“We’re all hurting. We’re followers as effectively. I adopted the group as a younger man and I used to be at all times proud to put on the jersey. And these guys are as effectively.
“They don’t imply to play badly. They don’t imply to have one off evening. In current months they’ve proven some nice expertise, some nice outcomes, and we simply must proceed with just a little little bit of continuity when it comes to collection of the squad.
“We simply have to focus on successful the subsequent sport, and if we are able to try this, we attempt to win the sport after that.
“It’s the primary sport. We all know it’s vastly disappointing for the Scottish nation and we’re gutted as effectively. I don’t like shedding. It’s not an incredible feeling, imagine me.
“We now have to imagine the group stage goes to have twists and turns. We all know there’s a transparent favorite however we predict there shall be blips alongside the best way.”
McLeish has Andy Robertson, Callum Paterson and Ryan Fraser out there after they missed the Kazakhstan sport – the Liverpool left-back with a dental drawback and the latter two due to an settlement that they might not play on the substitute pitch.
And the Scotland boss is decided to concentrate on the long run somewhat than pore over their humbling within the Astana Area.
“We didn’t have a debrief per se,” the 60-year-old stated. “Clearly the lads are hurting by the outcome, as a result of folks anticipated us simply to show up and win. We all know soccer is just a little bit totally different to these sorts of expectations however it’s important to be at your finest and we weren’t at our greatest, and we admit that.
“They knew. And it’s a really fast turnover when it comes to the 2 video games. We travelled seven or eight hours on Friday so when it comes to the turnover, it’s tough to dwell on one thing that was very destructive whereas we are able to get ourselves immersed sooner or later and the subsequent sport.”
McLeish was even much less keen to replicate in his pre-match media convention on what persons are calling Scotland’s worst outcome.
“I’ve not thought of that,” he stated. “The one factor I’m fascinated about is the sport tomorrow evening. I’m not a dweller on historical past, so I look ahead to the subsequent sport.”
When requested whether or not he would anticipate to nonetheless be in his place if Scotland didn’t beat San Marino, he stated: “I don’t cope with speculative points and speculative questions. We simply put together the perfect with the squad we’ve and we glance to the blokes to carry out to their high stage.”