Gordon Strachan has revealed that he is likely to reinstate James McArthur to Scotland’s starting XI for tonight’s game against Germany.
With this evening’s opponents currently sitting on top of their qualification group and Scotland languishing back in fourth after a frustrating loss away to Georgia on Friday night, tonight represents a must-win game for Strachan’s men, with the atmosphere at Hampden Park sure to be electric from the first kick of the game.
Ahead of them they find both Ireland and Poland who face home clashes with Georgia and Gibralter respectively this evening, both of which are games they will expect to win comfortably. That being said, there is still a possibility of Scotland qualifying for next summer’s tournament via the third-place play-offs, should they somehow come out of tonight’s game with all three points.
McArthur’s recent omission from the Scotland side has baffled many of a red and blue persuasion, who have seen the former Wigan Athletic man become an absolutely pivotal member of the Eagles’ squad since signing in the summer of 2014. Calm and composed and possession, whilst maintaining a tigerish snap to his tackles and general defensive work, you would assume that his influence would be greatly appreciated by Strachan in a game where the stakes are so high.
Let’s cross our fingers for Jimmy and Scotland alike this evening; they may not extend England the same degree of goodwill, but from a Palace perspective, it would be great to see the Scotsman being given the platform to impress at a major international tournament in nine months time.