Gordon Strachan has passed up the chance to warn the Scottish supporters against booing Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy at Celtic Park on Friday week. Fans who are paying in 'can do what they want', he said.
The fans can do what they want. Are you going to ask them to pay 60 quid and then tell them they cannae say something? As long as they don’t have a nastiness about it, then it is fine.
Strachan said that booing was only pantomime stuff and shouldn't bother proofessionals - and he suggested booing from the opposition crowd is in fact a compliment.
And do you know why they’ll get booed? It is because they are good players. If they were useless they would not boo at them. I know the attention will not bother Aiden and it will not bother James McCarthy, either, because he is a top, top player.
Strachan added that he had no issue with either of the two lads picking Ireland above Scotland, saying 'you play for the country you feel you are from.'
Strachan described the group as 'unbelievably competitive' and pointed out that Scotland are due to play England in a friendly shortly after the but the level of interest in the Ireland game 'has kind of blown away the England game, which is great.'