Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds says he had been astonished by the”toxic” atmosphere as Alex McLeish’s side beat San Marino 2-0 at Euro 20 20 qualifying.

The 3,000 travelling service booed McLeish and chanted”sack the board” at the Scottish Football Association.

And Dodds considers McLeish must beat Cyprus at the next qualifying game at Hampden in June to rescue his occupation.

“It was a dreadful atmosphere and I haven’t experienced that at international level before,” he said.

“I’ve needed a bit of pole. We have all had unsatisfactory results with Scotland, however, it had been toxic, it surely had been.

“I am just happy we got the second goal because if it’d stayed 1-0, I actually don’t think they would have accepted it as well as they did”

Dodds also claimed McLeish was in”shock” after Thursday’s 3-0 loss to .

“I talked to Alex to get a couple of minutes following the media conference Saturday and also you could see he was just like’Get me out of this, get me onto this training pitch’ and the players were similar to this,” he said.

“That’s the kind of mindset it has been since the defeat.

“The second goal will probably give Alex the opportunity to rectify it against Cyprus. Whatever Cyprus that does not proceed well, I am sorry the major man will not stay and create the campaign”

‘Uphill struggle’ to win fans

McLeish’s former Aberdeen and Scotland team mate Willie Miller states the manager deserves the next two matches – in home to Cyprus and away to group favourites Belgium, who top the department with two wins.

“It [the win over San Marino] isn’t likely to silence down anything whatsoever concerning the manager’s position, we all know that without a doubt,” he told BBC Scotland Sportsound. “But I think he must be given time for you to find a few of the players straight back.

“He’s got to observe the next two matches and decide to try and get the results.

“I think they [the fans] are taking the result so hard they’re finding it hard to encourage the team. It’s a enormous uphill struggle to bring back the fans on side.”


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