David Marshall admits the Odds of Scotland qualifying for the 2020 European Union are”slim” 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 global goal but Russia scored either side of half-time to take all three points.
After two wins at five fittings, Scotland are at fourth place in Group I with six points while Russia are next with 12 points, three behind leaders Belgium who visit Hampden about Monday night, live on Sky Sports Football.
The Nations League semi-final play-off next March offers Scotland another way in to Euro 2020 however if asked about the odds of getting there by the traditional path, the 34-year-old Wigan goalkeeper said:”It is obviously slim.
“We all know that, we are realistic about it. There is half the effort now and we must go and win Monday night, we understand that.
“It is a massive ask at this stage however you are feeling much better in a few days after you get a few days practice in and we will go back on Monday.
“There is a lot of football to be performed with. We will need to get our minds right. There is still five games to go in the group.
“We understand how slim it is we have to go and win a huge game.
“We clearly understand Belgium really well. We will have a game program which may change because it has turned into a game win and we need to go today. I am certain that we will be ready.
“Football affects promptly. We arrived off it and had been in the ascendancy. So we will go and give it a try on Monday.
“We all are aware of what the audience is similar to here [in Hampden] when we begin and when we could find a start on Monday like we did against Russia ideally we can assert it. But we are under no illusions.”
Like the majority of the Scotland players, Marshall was at a loss as to how the home side failed to build on their fantastic play and goal.
The former Celtic, Cardiff and Hull goalkeeper stated:”It was a huge game and we needed the points. They’re a good team but I don’t think we played that.
“It was a disappointing outcome. Our game plan was to get after them and it worked really well.
“It was a perfect beginning for us but the game just seemed to alter. They got a lot of possession and the aim before half-time was significant to them”
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