Scotland manager Alex McLeish expecting immediate response

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish is expecting his players to respond from their defeat to Belgium when they take on Albania on Monday night.

McLeish’s side were humbled on Friday as they suffered their worst home defeat in 45 years, losing 4-0 to Roberto Martinez’s men.

Scotland have lost four of their five matches since McLeish took charge for a second time and they have only scored once in that time, with striker Leigh Griffiths now a doubt for the Albania clash after he was withdrawn at half-time against Belgium.

McLeish insists his team are “angry with themselves” and has now demanded a reaction against Albania.

“There’s nothing like a motivated individual going into a huge game,” he told BBC Radio Scotland.

“I think he’s (Griffiths) going to be OK – he had some wee ankle problems and had to change his boots,” he added.

“There was a wee bit of disruption and I thought: ‘I’m not going to take any chances.’

“He did want to stay on and said to give him 15 minutes but I said to leave it as he seemed in a wee bit of distress before half-time.”

The former Birmingham City boss is planning to make changes for Monday’s encounter, with Craig Gordon potentially making way with Allan McGregor waiting in the wings.

Despite their poor form, Scotland remain 1.80 favourites to win, with the draw is 3.30, while Albania are the outsiders at odds of 4.75.

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