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Strachan determined to lift gloom engulfing Scotland

By Staff Reporter

Gordon Strachan is hoping a late surge from the Tartan Army will boost the gate at Easter Road for the visit of Canada tomorrow night. It was reported that only around 5,000 tickets have been sold for the friendly, which will serve as a warm-up for the crunch 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden Park on Sunday.

The Scots lost 3-0 against England at Wembley in their last Group F fixture and sit in fifth place with four points from four games with a victory required at the national stadium to breathe life into hopes of reaching Russia.

Strachan, who is considering naming his side 24 hours in advance, is looking for a walk-up crowd on the night to bolster the numbers. He said: "We are hoping that the side we announce - we might announce it that bit earlier - will see a side that play with high energy and in attack and do a lot of good things that people like to see.

"It is not easy at this time of the year for everybody. We would like them to come along and give us their support because we really need it.

"There is a disappointment with the Scotland fans at the moment. We understand that. But what we have to do over the next couple of games is make them feel better.

"There is a chance on Sunday to change the whole thing and that is the great thing, you can change the atmosphere with one result."

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