Strachan hails improving Scotland

02 September 2017 03:41:32 EST

Gordon Strachan believes his Scotland team are getting better and better, having seen them secure a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania.

The comprehensive victory in Vilnius lifted the Scots up to third place in Group F, four points adrift of Slovakia, who scored late on to edged out Slovenia 1-0 on Friday evening.

We are a challenging side in the group stage and maybe a couple of months ago we didn't see that.

Gordon Strachan

And, while the upturn in form might have come too late to see Scotland qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer, Strachan sees plenty of reasons to be positive for the future with the national team.

He told reporters: "I was really pleased. At one point I could become a spectator and enjoy the football - it is not often you can do that as a manager.

"It's getting there. We are a challenging side in the group stage and maybe a couple of months ago we didn't see that. There is a bit of excitement.

"We now need to get right back into it on Saturday and see how they feel for Monday night, but they should be feeling good about themselves, everybody should be.

"When we got together on Monday we asked if we thought we could win and the answer was yes.

"Did I think we were improving? Yes I thought we were improving. Did I think we were going to have that many attempts on goal? Maybe not really.

"But it came and we had a varied attack from different angles. We weren't one-dimensional or relying on one person. I think everybody joined in."

Scotland are back in action on Monday evening when they play host to Malta on at Hampden Park.

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