The resurgence of fortunes within the Scottish national team continued with a friendly win over Poland in an interesting prelude to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The teams will come up against one another in October in a competitive qualifier, but manager Gordon Strachan dismissed the suggestion that the 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Scott Brown goal, was a psychological advantage.
“It meant absolutely nothing, because there will be changes,” said Strachan. “These two teams won’t be the same. But what it does, for the next couple of months, is give us confidence.” Scotland’s next friendly is likely to be at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in May, with Nigeria having invited Strachan’s side to play them in London.
The win over Poland was Scotland’s third successive away win, and they have gone five Situs Domino99 Pkv matches unbeaten, the past four without conceding a goal.
“That’s good and it’s not easy to do that,” said Strachan, though, somewhat typically, he was not getting carried away with the improvements he has seen since taking over the helm from Craig Levein.
“It wasn’t a great game. I don’t think you could expect anything other than that at this time of the season in a friendly. It gave us a chance to have a look at them and vice versa, but we got some bonuses.”
Strachan also used the game to assess debutant Andrew Robertson. The 19-year-old Dundee United left-back came on as a second-half substitute just a year to the day after playing for amateurs Queen’s Park in a victory over Elgin City in Scotland’s lowest tier.
“I thought it didn’t faze him and that adds to our squad. If he can keep up his performances then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in the next …