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My players are up for Northern Ireland test - Scotland boss Strachan

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has said that his players are putting their maximum efforts on the training ground ahead of the international friendly against Northern Ireland.

The Scots will play the Northern Irish at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Wednesday and Strachan has revealed that his squad is chomping at the bit.

"Looking at the intensity of the training, you got to the stage where you think 'calm down a bit'," Strachan said.

"People are telling me they are all tired, people are telling me they have played 40 games and they are running about non-stop.

"You actually have to stop the training because if you let them go on they would continue on another half hour.

"I was asking players if they wanted to step out but no, they are not having it.

"If we can take what we had this morning into tomorrow, then I will be more than happy.

"I don't think they have even thought about this as a friendly. There will be an intensity to the game."

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