Read­ers don’t fancy Scot­land’s chances

Can do it Qual­i­fi­ca­tion a doubt Hope Scot­land Can see Scot­land strug­gling Gor­don Stra­chan’s side Will be cheer­ing on Qual­i­fy­ing for World Cup all set to kick-off

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Tem­lett

Wil­liam Thom­son Eva, Wil­son and Or­laith John Byrne Cather­ine and Natalie

Scot­land’s foot­ball team start their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign this Sun­day as they take on Malta.

Now they look to end years of hurt by qual­i­fy­ing for a ma­jor tour­na­ment for the first time since 1998 but our read­ers are not too hope­ful.

Wil­liam Thom­son, from Wishaw, said: “I don’t think we’ve got much of a chance to be hon­est.

“I might be wrong but I think it’s got a lot harder to qual­ify in re­cent years and we’re not as good as we used to be.”

John Byrne thinks af­ter the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fy­ing – which seen Scot­land miss out by fin­ish­ing fourth – the World Cup is a step too far.

He said: “I’d like to see us qual­ify but I don’t hold out much hope.

“Gor­don Stra­chan has done a good job as man­ager but we’ve got a tough group so I can see us strug­gling.”

Wil­son Good, pic­tured with daugh­ters Eva and Or­laith, re­mains pos­i­tive about the lat­est cam­paign which will see Scot­land face Malta, Eng­land, Lithua­nia, Slo­vakia and Slove­nia.

He added: “I re­ally hope we can qual­ify this time be­cause the squad we’ve got is a lot bet­ter and we’ve been im­prov­ing.

“It’s a tough group but it’s not im­pos­si­ble to get through.”

Cather­ine John­ston, pic­tured with daugh­ter Natalie, would like to see Scot­land qual­ify.

She said: “It would be nice for Scot­land to do it and hope­fully they can do it.”

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