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Football: Second a realistic aim for Scots - Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan could scarcely have asked for a tougher draw in Euro 2016 qualifying, but he is confident that his side have what it takes to make it to an expanded finals in France. The Scots were drawn in Group D along with Germany, the Republic of Ireland and Poland, with Georgia also likely to provide stiff opposition and minnows Gibraltar completing the section.

Football: Strachan hails tough to crack Scots

Gordon Strachan says Scotland are now harder to beat after his side secured a goalless draw with the USA in a friendly at Hampden. The Scots continued to show signs of progress under Strachan as they frustrated an American side that had won 15 out of their last 16 matches. The result was in marked contrast to the humiliating 5-1 defeat Scotland suffered at the hands of Jurgen Klinsmann's side in May 2012 under Strachan's predecessor Craig Levein.

Football: Scots desperate to end two-year Hampden horror

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his side don't fear playing at Hampden as they look to end a two-year winless run at the national stadium. The Scots will bring the curtain down on another unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign when Croatia visit Hampden on Tuesday. Strachan's side haven't won at the national stadium in over two years and have only collected two points from their four previous home matches in the campaign. "It is just us, we have to play better," Strachan said.

Football: Strachan wants more Scotland bravehearts

Gordon Strachan urged Scotland to be "braver" after his first match as manager of the national side ended in a 1-0 friendly win over Estonia at Pittodrie on Wednesday. Strachan was brought in to replace Craig Levein, sacked last month after Scotland's disastrous start to 2014 World Cup qualifying left them bottom of European Group A with just two points from their opening four matches. But a first-half goal from Charlie Mulgrew gave Strachan a winning start, although the former Scotland midfielder saw room for improvement.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Time to pay back fans, says Scotland boss Strachan

(Adds official announcement, quotes) Jan 15 (Reuters) - Gordon Strachan was unveiled as the new Scotland manager on Tuesday and said his players should aim to repay the loyalty of their world-famous fans after 15 years without qualifying for a major tournament. The former Scotland and Manchester United midfielder, who won 50 caps in the 1980s and 1990s, replaces Craig Levein after his sacking in November.
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