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Strachan: England game will be played in 'terrific spirit'

Scotland are high on confidence after beating Ireland. Credit: PA

Gordon Strachan believes Scotland's friendly against England at Celtic Park tonight will be played in the right spirit - like the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

Much was made about the robust and physical nature of the match against the Irish at Parkhead last Friday night where Shaun Maloney's second-half goal kept Scots' hopes of qualifying for the finals in France very much alive.

Scotland boss Strachan said:

It was a game played in the right manner and everyone gave it their best. It was physical but fair. I think people think it was some sort of bloodbath, it was nothing like that.

It was people going toe to toe and respecting each other. There is a big difference between that and a bloodbath, which we have seen many a time over the years.

I thought it was played in a terrific spirit and I know it is going to be the same (against England).

– Scotland boss Gordon Strachan


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Gordon Strachan factfile

Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has been named the new Scotland boss. Here is a look at his career achievements:

  • Gordon Strachan played for Dundee United, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City during his 28-year playing career.
  • He won 10 trophies as a player including the Scottish Premier title, the European Cup Winners' Cup, the FA Cup and the Football league first division title.
  • Strachan was capped 50 times for Scotland and featured in Scotland's 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals campaigns.
  • He moved into management in November 1996 with Coventry City, had a spell at Southampton, before being appointed Celtic boss in 2005.
  • Strachan won three successive titles at Celtic and led them into the last 16 of the Champions League on two occasions before leaving in May 2009.
  • He had an unsuccessful spell at Middlesbrough and resigned in October 2010.

Gordon Strachan: His memorable quotes

Gordon Strachan. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Reporter: "Gordon, can we have a quick word please?"

Strachan: "Velocity" (walks off).

Reporter: "Gordon, do you think James Beattie deserves to be in the England squad?" Strachan: "I don't care, I'm Scottish."

Reporter: "Welcome to Southampton Football Club. Do you think you are the right man to turn things around?"

Strachan: "No. I was asked if I thought I was the right man for the job and I said: 'No, I think they should have got George Graham because I'm useless.'"

Reporter: "Bang, there goes your unbeaten run. Can you take it?"

Strachan: "No, I'm just going to crumble like a wreck. I'll go home, become an alcoholic and maybe jump off a bridge. Umm, I think I can take it, yeah."

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