SCOT­LAND v ES­TO­NIA 7.45pm – Sky Sports 1

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STU­ART McCALL reck­ons the Scot­land camp are bounc­ing in the run-up to Gor­don Stra­chan’s first game in charge.

The Scots clash with Es­to­nia in Aberdeen tonight af­ter Craig Levein got the bul­let for clock­ing up just two points in their first four World Cup qual­i­fiers.

Ex-Scot­land star McCall has been ap­pointed a key man on Stra­chan’s staff as they look to get back on track.

And he be­lieves the fact that even the squad’s in­jured stars have pitched up for in­ter­na­tional duty shows the ap­petite for success un­der the new boss.

McCall said: “Ev­ery­one wants to be here. There are one or two play­ers with knocks who may not be in­volved and will have to be mon­i­tored who are here.

“But all the play­ers are turn­ing up. That is what you want when you are try­ing to get to­geth­er­ness.


“Alan Hut­ton is now play­ing in an­other coun­try. It will take him a lit­tle time to set­tle in Spain, but he took three flights to get to Aberdeen.

“Un­der Craig Levein and his team there were no bad ap­ples. I think there was a sense that there was a strong team ethic.

“Even when Craig de­parted, a lot of play­ers came out and said that team har­mony was not a prob­lem.”

Black­burn hit­man Jor­dan Rhodes hopes Stra­chan’s ar­rival can prompt a change of for­tune for Scot­land.

Rhodes, 22, forced

his way into the in­ter­na­tional pic­ture un­der Levein.

And he is op­ti­mistic that Stra­chan’s ar­rival can fi­nally mark a shift in Scot­tish luck.

Rhodes said: “When I was watch­ing the games, par­tic­u­larly be­fore I was even in­volved in the set-up, I was think­ing how the out­come can be af­fected by a roll of the ball here or there, or a de­ci­sion by the ref­eree.

“I think you can look back and see how many points are de­cided by the luck of the draw some­times.

“Hopefully, over the course of a cer­tain amount of games or a cou­ple of years, your luck changes and you do man­age to get a goal or two more.

“But all you can do is keep work­ing hard and plough­ing on and hopefully your luck does change.”

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