Pressure on Scotland boss Gordon Strachan ahead of Slovenia clash

by Jack Kitson / 24 March 2017, 11:17

Gordon Strachan heads into Scotland’s must win 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia under immense pressure following Wednesday’s dismal draw with minnows Canada.

The confidence crushing result leaves Strachan fighting for his future, as the Tartan Army head into Sunday’s crunch clash with Slovenia desperate to claim a win that would keep alive their hopes of featuring in Russia next year.

Gordon Strachan

Scotland are 5th in qualifying Group F after four games - with their only victory against rock-bottom Malta - six points adrift of table-topping England, and four points behind Slovenia who currently hold onto the play-off spot.

A defeat to the Slovenians, who are unbeaten in seven games, at Hampden on Sunday could leave Scotland seven points adrift of 2nd place at the half-way stage, which would virtually extinguish their chances of reaching a first World Cup since 1998, bar a sudden transformation in form in their final four games.

A loss could also spell the end for Strachan who has been in charge of his country for over four years. Alex McLeish is currently the 4/1 favourite in the Next Scotland Manager Market ahead of Sunderland boss David Moyes (7/1), Wolves gaffer Paul Lambert (8/1), while the former Norwich City manager Alex Neil (25/1) has said he’s not interested in the job, should it ever become available.

Scotland’s remaining qualifying fixtures:

  • Slovenia (h)
  • England (h)
  • Lithuania (a)
  • Malta (h)
  • Slovakia (h)
  • Slovenia (a)

 

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