Tottenham’s Bale not a worry as Scotland prepares for Wales – Strachan

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is looking to go on the attack when his newlook side steps out in their next World Cup qualifier later this month.

The Scots, currently bottom of Group A on two points, host Wales in Glasgow on March 22 before heading to Serbia four days later and Strachan will go in with a very strike happy group of players in order to lift the spirits of the downcast Scotland supporters.

Strachan said he was not going in to the Wales thinking about Tottenham star Gareth Bale as he knows he has plenty of quality in his own group.

“As a manager I don’t think I ever played against a side at the top level and didn’t think ‘we need to watch him or that way of playing’,” he said.

“You always have to think about what the other team are good at and how you can nullify that. But again, you say to yourself ‘I’m going to work on this — how can they deal with (Chris) Burke, (James) Forrest, Shaun Maloney and Steven Fletcher?’.

“I’ve got all these good players — (Robert) Snodgrass was terrific against Estonia last month — that I can work with.

“Like any manager you try and nullify the strengths of one team, as a unit, an individual or as a pairing up front.

“But on the positive side I think ‘good — I’ve got these players by my side’.

“The important thing is finding a formation for them. I know which way I will try and play.

“There are a lot of people who are playing well at the moment — even young Gary Mackay-Steven. He eliminates people by going past them. If you look at the squad, what are we good at?

“We’ve got energy and people who can beat players. We’ll try to get as many of those on the pitch as possible.”

 
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