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Strachan sure Scotland have what it takes to qualify for World Cup

By Staff Reporter

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan declared himself happy with his attacking options after his team kicked off their attempts to reach the World Cup finals with a 5-1 win in Malta.

Robert Snodgrass showed what Scotland missed in the Euro 2016 campaign with a hat-trick as the visitors streaked clear of their hosts in the second half.

Snodgrass has worked his way back from a dislocated knee over a tough 16-month period.

Strachan said: "Him and James Forrest, it's like having new players. Pace, ability, determination. And you add the younger players who I hope have enjoyed the experience."

Strachan handed competitive debuts to 21-year-old Callum Paterson and teenager Oliver Burke, fresh from his £13million move to Leipzig. Burke was a plus for Scotland in a tight first half with his ability to take players on.

"He did things that excite you and he pushes defenders back," Strachan said. "But he's only just turned 19 and I'm sure he's glad he got his first competitive international cap."

Scotland take on Lithuania and Slovakia in a double header next month.

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