David Marshall admits the Odds of Scotland qualifying for Its 2020 European Union are”Slender” Following the 2-1 defeat by Russia at Hampden Park on Friday.
Steve Clarke’s side took the lead after only 10 minutes after midfielder John McGinn scored his first international goal but Russia scored both sides of half-time to shoot all 3 points.
After just two wins at five fixtures, Scotland are in fourth place in Group I with six points Russia are next with 12 points.
Even the Nations League semi-final play-off next March provides Scotland a different way into Euro 2020 but if asked about the odds of getting there from the conventional path, the 34-year-old Wigan goalkeeper said:”It is obviously slender.
“We all know that, we’re sensible about it. There is of the effort gone now and win and we have to go Monday night we understand that.
“It is a massive request at this stage but you feel much better in a couple of days after you get a few days practice in and we’ll go again on Monday.
“There’s a lot of football to be performed with. We will need to get our minds directly. There’s still five games to go from the category.
“We know how slender it is but we need to go and acquire a major game.
“We clearly understand Belgium really nicely. We will have a game plan which may change since it has turned into a game win and we will need to go . I am sure we’ll be prepared.
“Football affects promptly. We had been in the ascendancy and arrived away it. So we give it a try on Monday and will go.
“We all know what the audience is similar to here [at Hampden] when we begin and if we could get a start on Monday as we did from Russia hopefully we could assert it. But we’re under no illusions.”
At a loss about how the home side failed to build on aim and their early play, Marshall has been like the majority of the Scotland players.
The former Celtic, Cardiff and Hull goalkeeper stated:”It was a big game and we needed the points. They’re a fantastic group but I do not think we played that well.
“It was a disappointing result. Our game plan was to get after them and it worked well.
“It was a perfect beginning for us but the game only seemed to alter. They got a great deal of ownership and the target before half-time was important to them”
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