SCOTLAND boss Gordon Strachan is hoping a late surge from the Tartan Army will boost the gate at Easter Road for the friendly against Canada tomorrow night.

It has been reported only around 5,000 tickets have been sold for the Challenge Game which will serve as a warm-up for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden on Sunday evening.

The Scots lost 3-0 against England at Wembley in their last Group F fixture in November and sit in fifth place with four points from four games.

A victory over the Slovenians is a must for Strachan if the nation are to have any hopes of reaching Russia next summer.

Strachan said: “We are hoping the team we announce – we might announce it that bit earlier – will be 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, for fans and players.

“We would like them to come along and give us their support because we 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, especially on Sunday, is make them feel better about themselves.

“The feedback I got was that all the players against England did as well as they expected them to do.

“What they didn’t expect was three headers and three goals going in. But there is a chance on Sunday to change the whole thing and that is the great thing about football, you can change the whole atmosphere by one result.”

Strachan confirmed none of the Celtic players in his squad will be involved tomorrow apart from Leigh Griffiths, who was an unused substitute in the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Dundee on Sunday.

The international gaffer said: “They have played a lot of games. Scott Brown is up to 40 games, Stuart Armstrong has played a lot of games, Kieran Tierney has played every game he could possibly have played in apart from his injury and Craig Gordon has played a lot.

“Leigh Griffiths has not had as many games, so he could be the exception and probably will see minutes on Wednesday.”


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