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GORDON Strachan has wrapped the Scottish flag around Celtic Park and told Martin O'Neill: "This is Scottish territory. This is our field."

GORDON Strachan has wrapped the Scottish flag around Celtic Park and told Martin O'Neill: "This is Scottish territory. This is our field."

In a stirring call to arms aimed at what he believes will be 55,000 Scotsmen and women at Parkhead tonight, Strachan dismissed Ireland's close connection with Paradise.

"It's not going to be Celtic Park, tomorrow it's Scotland's Park. Tomorrow there will be 50-odd thousand Scotland fans in there and tomorrow it will be Scotland's territory and they are coming in to Scotland's territory.

"We had a lovely taste of it, playing at Ibrox recently, the atmosphere was great there," he said. "The Scotland fans made it our home for the day against Georgia and we'll do that tomorrow."

Strachan is certain that Euro 2016 qualifying Group D will be close all the way and that he cannot make any call about whether this fixture is a must-win game.

"I wouldn't say this is a mustwin game, you can only ask players to go out and perform and that's what they have been doing.

"If you look at Germany, with the chances they have had, they'll probably be thinking they have nine points but it hasn't worked out that way.

"It could come down to a bit of bad luck - or good luck, somewhere along the way. I hope that won't be the case. I hope it comes down to which team performs the best."


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