Thursday 14 December 2017

Scotland 'keeper Craig Gordon: 'Ireland can take points off Germany'

Craig Gordon
Craig Gordon

SCOTLAND keeper Craig Gordon has admitted his fears that Ireland can pull off a major shock against Germany in Dublin next month and end Scottish interest in Euro 2016.

Ireland welcome the world champions to Dublin on the same night that Scotland host Poland in Glasgow, and Celtic keeper Gordon is aware that a win for Ireland over the Germans would guarantee at least a play-off spot for Martin O'Neill's side, no matter how the Scots fare against Poland - and also kill of Gordon Strachan's men.

"They got a point from Germany, it didn't look like they would," Gordon said of O'Neill's Ireland side.

"They've got a great fighting spirit, they always work very well as a team and they are very difficult to beat. And they don't tend to give away an awful lot of goals so they are always in matches no matter who they are playing.

"They are capable of going and taking it our of our hands, but that's up to them. We have to concentrate on what we can do and put the pressure on as much as possible," added the Celtic No. 1 ahead of that massive Scotland-Poland tie on October 9th.

If Ireland do beat the Germans in Dublin, Scotland are out of the running even for a place in the playoffs. Ireland's final game in Group D is away to Poland.

Meanwhile, Charlie Mulgrew is a major doubt for Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar next month, according to Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

The Hoops utility player has missed the last three games with a thigh injury and Deila is not expecting him to be available until after Gordon Strachan's side play their last Group A game against Gibraltar in Faro on October 11, three days after Poland's visit to Hampden Park.

Ahead of Celtic's Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hearts tomorrow, Deila said: "Charlie, I think, will be ready to play after the national team (games).

"I think that is going to be tough (to make it). I am not 100 per cent in that, I am not a physio - even though I think I am sometimes

"But as I understand it, he is still not on the pitch training (with the) football so it will be tough to reach the Scotland games."

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