Strachan plays down significance of Poland win

The Scotland boss saw Scott Brown see off a team whom they will face in Euro 2016 qualifying but believes that it would be foolish to read too much into Wednesday's friendly
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan feels that little could be gleaned from his side's 1-0 win over Euro 2016 qualifying rivals Poland on Wednesday.

Celtic's Scott Brown was the visitors' goal hero for the second game running, as he followed up his match-winner against Norway in November with another decisive strike to settle the friendly in Warsaw.

The game was arranged well in advance of the European Championships qualifying draw which pitted the two nations together in Group D, with Strachan's men due to return to Poland in October and, while the Scotland boss lauded his captain, he beleives that it would be foolish to read much into the result.

"It was not a great game and you can't expect anything other than that at this time of year," he told the press.

"Scott Brown was the man of the match and the goal sealed it. It meant absolutely nothing as these two sides will not be the same for the Euro 2016 campaign but it gives us confidence and builds nicely to our next friendly."

Brown retained the armband, despite the return of Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, who made his first appearance for his country since October 2012 as a second-half substitute after being sidelined through illness.

But it was a captain's performance from the Celtic man, who was dogged in midfield, although he was perhaps lucky to stay on the field after a first-half altercation with Slawomir Peszko, after which both players were booked.

His 77th-minute winner was a thunderous effort past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Brown enthused: "It was with my left-foot as well! One of those that could end up in row Z but fortunately it went in.

"We are doing what the manager is telling us and we are looking like a team out there. It is good to get a game against our group opponents and show what we can do against them."