Scotland played their best game in these World Cup qualifiers, beating Lithuania 3-0 thanks to goals by Stuart Armstrong, Andrew Robertson and James McArthur, surprising even their own coach, who called their performance almost perfect.
I knew they could put in a good performance but that was near enough a complete performance
Gordon Strachan told STV, having seen his Scotland side keep their chances of finishing second intact.
For a manager who turned into a spectator at one point – and that is what I did, because I just went ‘let them go’ – they made it easy for us as a coaching staff because of their performance, their bravery on the ball, their energy. We asked them to use their energy, not just to pass. The energy had to come as well to allow more space and that is what they did
the Scot said, before talking about his team’s chancing of qualifying for the World Cup finals.
We never felt out of it. Over the last 18 months it has been changing in terms of energy. Players are playing at a high level, Celtic players are playing European football. It shows if you play at that level, your game will come on
Strachan said. Scotland are hosting Malta on Monday, same day Slovakia will be visiting England. Scotland are four points behind second-placed Slovakia, but come Monday night, the gap could be closed to just one, with two more games remaining in October.