Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Weighing Up Scotland's Opponents

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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Weighing Up Scotland's Opponents
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After Scotland were drawn with Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar in Group D of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Gordon Strachan insisted, as reported by Sky Sports, that the group was anything but boring:

There are some groups you might call mundane but we're definitely in an exciting group that should excite everybody.

But we're competitive as well... we've got a hard group. If we can keep all of our players fit then we'll have a chance. The Republic [of Ireland] and Poland will be thinking the same, and Georgia will be thinking the same. 

If we play to the level we can play, and where we want to go to, we can definitely qualify.

Few would disagree. Two wins over Croatia at the tail end of the last qualification campaign proved that the Scots, under Strachan, are a different side mentally to what they were under Craig Levein.

Yet, it won't be easyit rarely is when Scotland are concerned. 

The Germans represent a class or two above everyone else in the group while only Gibraltar can be considered as true "minnows."

Here, we take a look at Scotland's Group D opponents and what Strachan's side can expect in facing them over the next year and a half.

 

World rankings taken from the FIFA website. Statistics from Soccerway and Transfermarkt.

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