Scotland’s Strachan plays down Croatia’s ‘training session’ comments

Gordon Strachan has decided not to hit back at Igor Stimac after the Croatia manager made a negative comment directed at the Scotland national team.

Gordon Strachan has decided not to hit back at Igor Stimac after the Croatia manager made a negative comment directed at the Scotland national team.

Ahead of Tuesday’s final World Cup qualifier between the two sides, the former Derby County and West Ham United defender said: "We're not under any pressure, we're into the play-offs so this game will be kind of a training session for us, but it's very important to win every game."

Strachan, whose Scotland side are hoping to do a possible double over Croatia following their 1-0 triumph in Zagreb in June, refused to enter a war of words with Stimac.

"He can have any comments he wants. I like Igor, a nice fella," Strachan said.

"I spent time with him in Poland (during Euro 2012), I've known him since he was at Derby.

"It depends if he said training or experimenting. Experiment is completely different from training.

"I look forward to seeing him. He is a good man, he organises his team well and we wish him all the best in the play-offs."

 
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