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Scots are saving energy for Ireland do-or-die clash


Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan

MARTIN O'Neill's spies will not get to see Scotland go all-out in their friendly against Qatar tomorrow.

While Ireland warm up for the key Euro 2016 clash with the Scots by taking on England in Dublin, Gordon Strachan's outfit have a more low-key meeting with Qatar in Edinburgh, and while the 'old enemy element will spur on the Irish players against England, that won't be case for the Scots.

"I think they will approach the game in a way that is controlled. They will go into it in a measured way; giving enough to get a result but keeping something for the Republic game," says Strachan's assistant Mark McGhee.

"It's not a game that they have to give everything in the way they will against the Republic," said McGhee.

"I'm not diminishing the game, but the Qatar game is preparation for the Ireland game. We didn't choose from every country in the world and then choose Qatar. Qatar were one of a couple of options we had, only a couple of options to play," added McGhee, aware that Qatar are taking the Scots in a tour which saw them play Northern Ireland in Crewe last week, a 2-2 draw in front of a small crowd at Gresty Road.

"They're going to work us hard, they're physical, we've watched several videos of them, including the game against Northern Ireland the other night. They worked Northern Ireland hard, they gave them a match."