Scotland dealt heavy blow in Georgia

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Scotland's Euro 2016 hopes were dealt a massive blow at the hands of Georgia on Friday night as they fell to a convincing 1-0 defeat.

Such is the severity of this result, that almost all of the Tartan Army's hard work and fairytale results seemed to have all been turned on its head after just 90 minutes in Eastern Europe.

Sound familiar? Well, this isn't the first time the Scots have been scarred by the Georgians in a qualifying campaign.


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Back in 2007, Scotland were in all too familiar territory. Grabbing fantastic results against the likes of France - a win against Georgia would've all but paved the path to Euro 2008.

Instead, the Scots threw it away in similar fashion to last night as they lost 2-0.


Even James McFadden, one of the players from that qualifying campaign, made his anxiety known in an interview for BBC Sport alerting his Scottish counterparts to not make the same mistake he did.

As they made that all too familiar blunder on the road to the Euros, you have to try and piece bits of positivity back into Scottish hearts.

What now? 

So where do they go from here? Well, it seems that they have to go down the hard path. There next fixtures are both at home to Germany and Poland, where they need to win at least one of them and hope Ireland slip up to Georgia in the process.

A big ask it seems for the Hampden boys, although, if this were to occur - Scotland would undoubtedly have the edge going into the final game. As they play pushovers Gibraltar, where they will undoubtedly pick up three points.

Meanwhile, in Warsaw, Poland will be going against the Irish - a fixture in which the Scots will hope it all ends square.

If this happens, or Poland do the Scots a favour and beat Ireland, then Scotland will then have a route in via the play offs in third.

Plus, if they're lucky, they could finish as the best third placed team out of all the other qualifying groups and earn an automatic route in.

This will be no easy task, though, and there's no question that if Scotland were to grab a result against Georgia, life would seem a lot easier.

As 'the hard way' is the Scots usual way of doing things, they should be well prepared - and should heed James McFadden's warning to not let Euro 2008 come back to haunt them.

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