Gordon Strachan: ‘We must win’


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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has conceded that his team must pick up all three points when they take on Slovenia in their World Cup Qualifier clash on Sunday night.

Strachan’s men go into the game fifth in Group F after winning just one of their qualifiers so far.

Two defeats have put the former Celtic coach under pressure and Scotland were left disappointed earlier this week as they drew 1-1 with Canada at Easter Road.

Another poor result on Sunday could see Strachan lose his job, with Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia looking bleak.

Slovenia are unbeaten after two wins and two draws but Strachan has urged his side to produce the goods when they welcome them to Hampden Park.

He said: “There’s no grey areas to it. It’s must-win. That’s dealing with reality. We have to win.

“But sometimes when you have a challenge like that in life, it brings the best out of you.

So we will have a team ready for that challenge of ‘must-win’ tomorrow.

“My only concern right at the moment is three points and getting to Russia – that is it.

Other things will happen in my life after football. We can look at that later on.

“But every football manager, every Scottish person, would love to be in my position right now.

I’m the lucky one, I get on with it and, with the players, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Scotland are 2.40 to win the match, with the draw at 3.10, while Slovenia are available at odds of 3.25.

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