Scotland manager moans that his players are too small to compete
Gordon Strachan blames genetics for Scotland’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup
October 9th, 2017
It was always going to be a tough ask for Scotland to finish in the top two of a World Cup group which also included England, Slovakia and Slovenia.
However, the Scots were 45 minutes away from achieving that goal before Slovenia’s two goals effectively ended their chances of making a play-off for the chance to reach Russia next summer.
It was a brave attempt from Scotland who had come back from the brink to be in with a chance of qualifying, although Gordon Strachan has cited the fact that the size of his players leaves the team with an uphill struggle.
In a rather bizarre post-match press conference, Strachan alluded to the fact that genetics has hampered his country in terms of footballing ability.
“Technically we’re fine,” Strachan added. “But our guys have to work harder to get on the ball than bigger lads at six foot three.
“What I do know is that genetically we are behind. In the last campaign we were the second smallest squad behind Spain. That means that I had to pick a team tonight to try and combat their height and strength.
“Even at that we couldn’t combat their height and strength at set plays. Genetically we have to work at things. It is a problem for us.
“We have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher because it is easier for these type of guys. Physically we have a problem against the teams we have faced in the last couple of years.”