Are our World Cup dreams al­ready over?

Read­ers have their say on our chances

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Scot­land’s chances of reach­ing a ma­jor cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment for the first time since 1998 took a huge blow last week.

A 1-1 draw with Lithua­nia and a dam­ag­ing 3-0 de­feat in Slo­vakia three days later was enough to put pres­sure on boss Gordon Strachan.

And since the hope of qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2018 World Cup seems lost after only three games, we took to the streets of Burn­side to ask read­ers if they thought Scot­land could still make it to Rus­sia.

Gra­ham McCall, 65, from Ruther­glen, said: “I’m afraid not. They’ve blown it after the pre­vi­ous game [against Lithua­nia]. It’s a long way back now and they’ve got Eng­land next.”

Ruther­glen’s Alex Robert­son, 82, added: “I don’t think Strachan is the right man for the job. They should have got some­one else in a long time ago. Why did he bring on Leigh Grif­fiths with half an hour to go against Slo­vakia? It was ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous.”

Joanna Gold from Burn­side, who was out shop­ping with her son Lewis, said: “I would love to see Scot­land at the World Cup but I don’t think it will hap­pen this time. I think they should stick with Strachan. It won’t make a dif­fer­ence if you change the man­ager all the time.”

David Lamb, 79, of Burn­side, com­mented: “It will be an­other 20 odd years be­fore we make an­other ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion. You’ve got to get some­one in who th­ese play­ers look up to. We need a man who has a bit of fight and he’s def­i­nitely not got it.”

I’d love to see Scot­land at the World Cup but I don’t think it will hap­pen this time Joanna Gold

Blown their chances Gra­ham McCall

Not this time Joanna Gold and Lewis

Wrong man Alex Robert­son

No fight David Lamb

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