Tartan Army’s Russian dreams came to a crushing end following a dramatic 2-2 draw in Slovenia
SCOTLAND boss Gordon Strachan has bizarrely claimed genetics were one of the reasons his side fell short in World Cup qualification.
The Tartan Army were left devastated after a dramatic 2-2 draw in Slovenia meant they missed out on a play-off spot on goal difference.
Robert Snodgrass scored with three minutes left on the clock to set up a grandstand finish but the Scots couldn’t find an all-important winner.
Scotland will look back on the home draw to Lithuania 12 months ago as two valuable points dropped.
But under pressure Strachan also believes genetics was a factor as his failed at the final hurdle.
Speaking after the game, the disheartened 60-year-old said: “What I do know is that, genetically, we’re behind.
“In the last campaign, we were the second smallest, apart from Spain.
“So that means, we had to pick a team tonight to try to combat their height and strength; even at that, we couldn’t combat it at set plays.
“We knew set-pieces would be a problem and they scored with two of them. But you can’t change our genetics.
“I can’t just pick the biggest people in Scotland.”
Ironically, Strachan who stands at 5ft 6in, turned in one of the performances of his career in Scotland’s 1982 World Cup win against New Zealand.
And fans have taken to Twitter to have their say on Strachan’s latest remarks.
One said: “Gordon Strachan’s comments after the Scotland game are almost Trump like. Genetics? Bye.”
Another disgruntled fan wrote: “The issue tonight was Strachan. It certainly wasn’t genetics.”
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