Scotland’s drama was changed by nerves being a result of fans booing through the 2-0 triumph in San Marino, says manager Alex McLeish.

Members of the 3,000 travelling support jeered in stages throughout the Euro 2020 qualifier, together with chants directed at both McLeish and the Scottish FA.

A rebellious McLeish claims that the effort”is not over” after losing 3-0 in Kazakhstan before beating San Marino.

“I’ve heard booing through the years throughout my career,” he said.

“Occasionally the players get worried about this and that’s why you do not have the free-flowing football you watched in November [When Scotland won their Nations League group].

“On the two games we had a pile of changes and it’s difficult once you do not have momentum or rhythm.”

Scotland face Cyprus at Hampden in June within their next match, before playing Belgium in Brussels three days after teams attempt to finish in the top two spots in Group I to qualify for the finals.

Group I table

“We understand that the Russians are all still strong and Belgium are favourites, but it’s not over this ancient in any competition,” said McLeish.

“There will soon be blips in the resulting games and we need to be improved. We now really need to get better and we need to receive our best players at the team.

“If the Belgians and the Russians don’t get their very best players into their team they have different results also.”

He added:”It’s been a tough weekend. “We knew 1-0 or 2-0 wasn’t going to be looked over in a great light, but it was important for all of us to triumph after the downturn in Kazakhstan. Everybody else is hurting on that one.

“We didn’t acquire the avalanche of intentions everybody else was searching for, but there were reasons for this. There was agitation when we didn’t have the next goal, but the human players .”


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