Scotland vs Georgia – Match preview and team news

Scotland will be intent on claiming the first three-point haul of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they welcome Georgia to Ibrox on Saturday.

There were so many positives that Gordon Strachan could have taken out of September’s defeat to Germany, and the fact they were left mightily disappointed to have lost the game shows how far the Tartan Army have come in such a short space of time.

Ikechi Anya’s goal in Dortmund was a famous moment, but the night could have been so much better had poor defending not gifted Germany a winning goal and had they received more favourable treatment from the officials.

After all the positivity that came out of that game against the world champions, this is a game that Scotland really cannot afford to drop points in, with the Republic of Ireland and Poland also in action having won their opening group fixtures. Should points be dropped, they could face an uphill struggle to finish in the top three.

Georgia were moments away from earning a creditable point against the Republic of Ireland, only for Aiden McGeady to strike an amazing late goal. Despite that, they will pose a threat, with the highly-rated Tornike Okriashvili certainly the one to watch.

With Allan McGregor and Charlie Mulgrew both having been ruled out, Strachan now has a injury-free squad to choose from. It remains to be seen whether Darren Fletcher will start, while David Marshall is likely to continue in goal ahead of Craig Gordon.

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