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'Should have been sectioned' - Sutton blast Strachan over Scotland claims

By James Black

Chris Sutton has launched an astonishing blast at former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan over his claim that genetics were to blame for Scotland’s World Cup qualifying exit.

Strachan had claimed he had no regrets over Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign, despite the Scots only finishing third in the group, before pointing to the average height of his squad as a mitigating circumstance.

Scotland were, on average, the second-smallest side in the European qualfiying groups with only Spain’s players shorter.

Sutton took aim at Strachan’s excuses and named some former Scottish international who had great success despite their diminuitive stature.

“He got it wrong against Slovakia, and then all the genetics stuff, he should have been sectioned,” Sutton said on BT Sports before Rangers faced St. Johnstone, in a video shared to Facebook by the broadcaster.

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“Ally (McCoist) is not the biggest, you had Kenny Dalglish, Jinky Johnstone.

“It’s just utterly ridiculous.”

Strachan has taken some serious criticism for his team selections throughout the campaign and his over-reliance on English-based players while ignoring others who are in good form.

One or two players – like Burnley’s Scott Arfield – even swapped their international allegiances after being given the cold shoulder by Strachan.

The Scottish FA confirmed on Thursday that Strachan and his assistant would be leaving their posts with immediate effect after almost five years in charge.

The Scots next match will be against Holland next month at Pittodrie with former Celtic defender Malky Mackay taking interim charge while they look for Strachan’s replacement.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club are joint favourites to sign a left-footed midfield creator who has demolished the Hoops in the past.

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