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You have to remember that his mindset from a year ago is completely different. People were asking, Is he past his best – is he as fit as he was?' and he had to deal with that. All the Celtic players are much fitter than they were last year so that makes you mentally stronger.feedback
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May 22 2017
Gordon Strachan has most recently been quoted in an article called England match too soon for Oliver Burke, says Gordon Strachan. Gordon Strachan said, “It's a good level of competition where he can be free and enjoy himself without that much pressure. He's going to be a top player, that's for sure but you need games at that stage of your career. You're talking about Russell Martin, Christophe Berra and Charlie Mulgrew. They have their own fitness coaches and we've said that nearer the time we can put stuff on for them if they really need that, but we can't replicate a game for three or four.”. Gordon Strachan has been quoted a grand total of 30 times in 8 articles.
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Whether they're fans in the stadium, players on the pitch, people watching at home, or people who can't see the game, we'll have five and a half million Scots wanting us to win tomorrow. That will inspire us. We know everyone wants us to win. Whether you like this striker or that midfielder or that coach, they want Scotland to win, so that's what you take out there with you and, as long as you appreciate that, you know you're not on your own.feedback

I'm the lucky one who gets to lead out a team. I'm the one who's got to make decisions. I'm good with that. You might think that's strange but it's not. I'm oblivious to anything after that.feedback

Training today was marvellous – the sun was out, there were kids watching us training. You think, Wow, what a wonderful life.' The only thing that scares me is not getting three points.feedback

There's no grey areas to it – it's must-win. That's dealing with reality. But sometimes when you have a challenge like that in life, it brings the best out of you so we will have a team ready for that challenge of 'must‑win' tomorrow. What we don't have to do is win it in the first five or 10 minutes. You never know in big games when your opportunity will come along. However, what we do have to do is make opportunities and the players we pick tomorrow will make those opportunities.feedback

So, we learned that lesson, the lesson that you really can't miss-pass the ball so many times in the first 10 minutes and expect to then go and play that well because you lose a bit of confidence. I thought we could have trusted each other better with the ball but because of our first 15 minutes, giving the ball away, I thought we got a bit negative. I thought a lot of players found it hard. Using a golfing analogy, it is very hard to take two months off at golf and then go and play in the US Masters. It isn't the easiest course in the world.feedback

But I'm so glad we took that game learned some invaluable things which will help us on Sunday.feedback

It is one of the best decisions we have made as the coaching group in the SFA by playing this game. We found out so many things, it has cleared up a lot and helped some players. It is very hard for players who are not playing regularly to turn on the magic and feel really good about themselves. It is hard to ask players who haven't played for a while to come in and get their touch right. Small things like Griff [Leigh Griffiths] having the shot over at the end. When he is playing regularly that goes in the back of the net.feedback

So it wasn't the easiest pitch in the world to play on with the conditions. To try and find your form in an international match on a night like this was hard. It is not going to go down as one of the most memorable nights as a manager or a player – it is going to be a long way down the line.feedback

You don't have to be a devil but there has to be a devil inside you and I think his personality has grown because he joined Celtic and had to deal with what comes with that. I think that what he wanted to do before - and I might be wrong - is be a good team player, but he had more than that in him. What he is trying to do now is be the best player on the pitch first and then be a good team player.feedback

Some people stand in positions - he runs into positions. He runs beyond strikers as well, which is good. He has got the taste for goals now which is why he has come to the fore.feedback

Tom Cairney could be the best midfield player in the Championship. Maybe I am looking at it through rose-tinted glasses, but he has been very influential for Fulham in a new central role. Fulham used to play 4-4-1-1 and he played wide on the right and came in on his left foot. He is now not doing that. He gone back in there and scored goals. He's certainly been a bonus to watch, but the bonus will only come into effect if he plays well and scores goals for us. For me to go along and watch him play football has been a real joy.feedback

The Celtic players will be playing on the Sunday, so that is probably a day-and-a-half before they are ready to do something. I would rather prepare that team from the Monday, so they will probably not be playing. That is why it's a bit bigger. There are also one or two grumbling injuries that players have had that we know about.feedback

I thought it better to have everybody in the squad. Rather than have a smaller squad and then calling people in. That's why we gave them this kind of preparation time.feedback

Before the England game he was playing in a right-midfield position and coming in off his left foot, same as Snodgrass and Ritchie, and we can all agree they are not too bad.feedback

Stuart had five shots on Sunday and all five were on target. That's good going. Previously he was wide in a three-man midfield. That has changed. He has gone to that central midfield position which I always thought was his best. He's a different personality now. He was just a lovely fellow. Me and my wife went to a dinner and he made an acceptance speech and we all said 'what a lovely lad he is', but I'm afraid we have to turn into devils on the pitch.feedback

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