Alex McLeish: I still have faith


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Scotland boss Alex McLeish is adamant he still has faith in his squad as he prepares to take a weakened team to Albania for their Nations League contest.

McLeish has seen several players withdraw from his squad ahead of the trip to Albania this weekend.

The two teams will meet on Saturday night and Aston Villa’s John McGinn became the latest player to withdraw on Thursday.

He joins Stephen O’Donnell, Charlie Mulgrew, Kevin McDonald, Craig Gordon, Ryan Jack and Michael Devlin who all pulled out earlier in the week due to injury woes.

McLeish will now be forced to make changes and he will be hoping his team come through unscathed ahead of their fixture on Tuesday against Israel.

When asked about his squad, he told Sky Sports: “I don’t think anybody can say McLeish hasn’t experimented, that he has not looked far and beyond to see if some guys can be international footballers.

“I do really believe that we have the players to cope in terms of what we have at our disposal.

“We have got a plan in place and we are very confident about it.”

Scotland are second in their Nations League group and know they need victories in both matches to guarantee top spot.

Albania are 3.25 to win this week, with the draw 3.00 and Scotland 2.38 to grab all three points.

A low scoring affair is expected in Albania and McLeish’s men are 3.30 to win to nil this weekend.

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