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10 Things We’d Love Gordon Strachan to Do v England.. But He Won’t

10 Things We’d Love Gordon Strachan to Do v England.. But He Won’t

Scotland play England in a crunch World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday – and there’s plenty we wish Gordon Strachan would do.

It’s not been the most enjoyable qualifying campaign so far, with the Scots taking just four points from the first three games.

They beat Malta then drew at home with Lithuania before losing away at Slovakia.

But England will be the biggest challenge yet.

So here are 10 things we really wish Strachan would do on Friday night – but realise he probably won’t:

1. Resign

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Only, kidding 😉

2. Start Leigh Griffiths

Simple. The last time Griffiths started for Scotland in a competitive game was three years ago against Belgium. Since then, he’s scored 85 goals. That’s EIGHT FIVE! But he’ll probably still end up benched.

3. Play two up top

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What are the chances of him playing two up front if he won’t even start Griffiths? Zero. But it’d be good to have a right go at England with two attackers rather than one. Any of Steven Fletcher, Steven Naismith or Chris Martin will have to do.

4. Drop Darren Fletcher

Fletcher seems like a nice guy and always been passionate for Scotland. But when was the last time he put in a strong performance for us? Forget his experience, it’s time for someone new in midfield.

5. Play Charlie Mulgrew

He might be a late call-up to the squad, but surely Mulgrew is a better option than Grant Hanley or Russell Martin at centre? At least he can pass a ball and doesn’t have a mistake in him every game.

6. Shout ‘f**k him’ during Flower of Scotland

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If we can’t put a quality team on the park, we’ll have to rely on passion. And what would get the players and fans more fired up than hearing Strachan shout ‘f**k him’ after the line ‘proud Edward’s army’ in Flower of Scotland? (Note, some shout other things. Whichever you prefer). We’ve nothing against old Edward, but this is a guaranteed way for Strachan to endear himself to the Tartan Army faithful.

7. Bring the home kit

For some unknown reason, Scotland will be wearing pink on Friday night. If Strachan could somehow bin that for the blue and white kit then he can stay in our book.

8. Tell Scott Brown to half Jack Wilshere in two

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Just look at his annoying face.

9. Find Rodney

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Apparently they’re still looking for him.

10. Win

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There’s always hope.

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