No Time To Lose

09 September 2013 10:27
Even after a defeat the national manager wants his players to keep learning

Thankfully for Gordon Strachan there does not appear to be any more serious injury worries to contend with after Charlie Adam and Jordan Rhodes pulled out of the World Cup qualifier against Macedonia. Strachan will have to make at least one change from the team that lost 2-0 to Belgium on Friday as Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass picked up a yellow card which means he is suspended for the away game. Rhodes, who came on as a replacement for Leigh Griffiths on Friday night, left the squad with a broken hand while unused substitute Charlie Adam pulled out with a back strain. But Strachan could pick a largely familiar team with only Celtic winger James Forrest missing training in Skopje as a precaution ahead of tomorrow's game.

James Forrest was rested following Friday's exertions (c) Darrell Benns

Strachan said: "There are one or two to keep an eye on just now but most of us trained today. Only James Forrest sat out, we need to keep an eye on him every now and then. I tried to put in their minds how we are trying to do one or two things with the whole team, picking up from Friday. I can't wait two weeks until we meet again, I have to sort out things I have seen that can help us. I tried to do that this morning. And this afternoon, we will put a team together."Strachan noted that some of his players were mentally and physically drained following Friday's disappointing result by the imposing Belgians but he has been keen to get straight back into work. Strachan said: "There are areas I would like to keep the same and areas where I might have to freshen it up. We will analyse training and who did we see fresh and ready for it and who did we see tired. But you shouldn't be tired at this time of the year."

Source: ScottishFitba