Scotland’s World Cup dream is over after a 2-2 draw with Slovenia saw them miss out on possible qualification on goal difference.

Gordon Strachan’s men needed a win in the final match to finish second in the group and put themselves in contention for a play-off place.

However, it was not to be as the draw left them equal on points with Slovakia, who beat Malta 3-0 earlier in the day.

Due to Scotland’s inferior goal difference, they finished third in the group.

Leigh Griffiths gave Strachan’s side a first-half lead before goals from Roman Bezjak scored twice to put Slovenia in front.

And although Robert Snodgrass struck within the final two minutes, it was too little, too late for Scotland.

Their wait for another World Cup appearance goes on; they have not made it to the finals since 1998.

Although Scotland can reflect on a solid qualification display – the 2-2 draw with England arguably the highlight – in the immediate aftermath, fans were critical of Strachan.

Another failure to qualify – despite the positives – may leave him under pressure, particularly in the wake of his claims that Scotland are “genetically behind”.

His argument that Scottish players are smaller than their opponents did not wash with many onlookers.

Some also pointed out that some of Scotland’s greatest players were short and that Strachan could have picked plenty of taller players – but chose not to.

Further – more general – criticism came his way as well as fans from all sides weighed on his performances with the national squad.

Supporters and some journalists are already calling for him to leave his post, slamming is team selection.

Inevitably, some fans have already begun speculating about potential replacements. David Moyes and Michael O’Neill are among the names mentioned, although others believe there are few credible alternatives at the moment.


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