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Strachan confident ahead of Georgia clash

18:44 GMT+3 10/10/2014
The Scotland manager says that the attitude in training ahead of their second Euro 2016 qualifier has him optimistic for their prospects after an opening defeat by Germany

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is in a confident mood ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Georgia.

Strachan's men produced a gallant effort in their Group D opener at Germany, suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat to the world champions at Signal Iduna Park.

After a brave showing in Dortmund, Scotland will head into the contest at Ibrox as favourites to beat a Georgia team who could also be considered unlucky to have taken nothing from their first game, a 2-1 home loss to Republic of Ireland.

While former Celtic, Southampton and Middlesbrough boss Strachan refuses to take the visitors lightly, he is hopeful of securing victory following a good week of build-up from his players.

"The players make me feel confident. They make me feel good and they determine the mood of the coaches most of the time," he told reporters.

"They have satisfied me this week. They have made me happy; watching good players training hard, training intensely and asking questions, which is good.

"We are in a good place at the moment but is not just the training - it has been the performances over the last year that have allowed us to feel good about ourselves with the understanding that, after watching Georgia, we are playing against a good side, who can count themselves unlucky not to get anything from the first game, beaten only by a wonder goal by [Ireland midfielder] Aiden McGeady."

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