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Gordon Strachan still confident Scotland can make Euros

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has conceded that his team's defeat away in Georgia has inflicted a serious blow to his side's chances of making the European Championship finals next summer. However, the former Celtic gaffer still thinks there is plenty to play for.

Scotland suffered a 1-0 lose in Tbilisi in a game where they rarely threatened, and the home side never seemed overly troubled.

Georgia defeat

A lot of credit has to go to Georgia, who after taking the lead through Valeri Qazaishvili's well-taken first-half goal, defended strongly and were well organised as they saw out the game.

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Scotland were in third place in Group D heading into the match, as they bid to make a major finals for the first time since the World Cup of 1998. But now they find themselves in fourth, behind the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Germany, and out of the qualifying positions.

Strachan view

With their chances of making France 2016 now out of their hands, the Scots have a tough run in if they are to qualify. World champions Germany and a strong Polish side are still to visit Hampden Park, before Scotland travel to Gibraltar for their final game.

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Strachan told the BBC: "We didn't do enough to win. I've just got to think we have three games left. I want to get as many points as possible."

After complementing Georgia for their defensive display, he added: "To the group (Scotland players) they'll get themselves organised, refreshed and looking forward to the challenge.There are players in the changing room I'm sure will be wanting to put on a great performance on Monday night. It will have to be a great performance to collect points."

Scotland host Germany on Monday night, 19:45 local time.

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