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Thomas McGuigan

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  1. Goodbye

    Did anyone see that result coming? Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals have been dealt a blow with defeat in Georgia.

    Victory for the Republic of Ireland would see them leapfrog the Scots and move into third place.

    Gordon Strachan's side will lick their wounds and get ready to face the mighty Germans at Hampden on Monday.

    Thanks for your company this evening, enjoy your weekend. Cheers.

  2. Andrew Robertson

    'We have to move on'

    "We're gutted. It wasn't the result we were after. When you go one nil down to a team like that you know it's always tough because they just sit back and we didn't really create the chances that we wanted to create.

    Scotland's Andrew Robertson

    "But we have got to move on, we've got a game on Monday that we can look forward to and try and get the three points that we need to."

  3. Shaun Maloney

    'We didn't play well'

    "I don't think we played as well as we could have obviously. It was disappointing in the end that we didn't play as well as we have in previous games. It's a setback but we have to come again on Monday."

    Scotland striker Shaun Maloney

    On facing Germany "Obviously going into it as huge underdogs with the way Germany have played over the last year or to. We'll give it our best shot and see if it's good enough.

    "Physically tough his evening chasing the game to the last minute but we have no other option, we'll get ready for Monday."

  4. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Neil Baxter: No surprise Scotland are simply not good enough. Gordon Strachan relies on the same old names.

  5. 'Hampden rocking'

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    "Come Monday night, Hampden will be rocking. Scotland can't be as best. We know on their day they're a decent side..."

  6. Prepare for Germany

    Gordon Strachan says he will prepare his side to face Germany at Hampden on Monday, retaining hope of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals.

    "Course I'm concerned after a defeat, no matter what the target is," he said. "After every game if you've been beat then you're concerned - you look at things, you look at yourself. So I'm no as happy a bunny as I was this morning but I've been there before.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    "I've just got to think that we've got three games left. I want to get as many points as possible, I've not changed my thought processes since it started and as I said to you sometimes it's a bumpy ride to get where you want to go - had a bump tonight and we have to deal with that and I have every confidence in the players.

    "To the group, they'll get themselves organised refreshed and looking forward to the challenge. There's players in there who I'm sure will be wanting to put on a great performance on Monday night. It'll have to be a great performance to collect points."

  7. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Conor Cunningham: I'm delighted none the less a team that only beat Gibraltar has done us a massive favour #GIBvIRL

    Neil Stone: There isn't a Scot on this planet who is surprised by that result.

    Scotland players in Georgia
  8. Struggles in front of goal

    Scotland failed to register a shot on target in Georgia.

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  9. Gordon Strachan

    'We didn't do enough to win it'

    "Georgia put in a great defensive show and being ready to hit on the break. We didn't have the physical presence to fight them for a goal. Our lads were brave but it wasn't to be.

    "We didn't do enough to win it and were a couple of yards or passes away."

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
  10. Scotland manager reaction

    Gordon Strachan media conference coming up...

  11. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Mike Stewart: Same procedure every year, play alright against the big boys and rubbish "again" against the "easy's"

    Giant Jambo: Trying to be fair to Strachan here but is this team really better for having no Aberdeen or Dundee Utd players? #blinkered

    Steve Owens: Here we go again!!! Load of rubbish on the road, bunch of cloggers!!!!

  12. German test

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Craig Gordon tells @BBCSport that Scotland must now believe they can beat the world champions in Glasgow on Monday.

  13. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Jake Organ: Isn't producing the real world beating players of the past. Where are the Bremner, Dalglish and Hansen of this generation?

  14. Gordon Strachan, on Sky Sports

    "We did more than enough not to get beat but not enough to win. We are still there [in qualification bid]."

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
  15. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Paul Thorburn: No doubt now that we will beat Germany and Poland but draw with Gibraltar and miss out on goal difference #bbcscotfootball #tartanarmy

    Stuart Lawson: Monday's game will show whether this was a blip or the same old Scotland - I suspect the latter. What a frustrating result.

  16. Misery for Scotland

    Shaun Maloney reacts to defeat in Georgia
    Steven Fletcher struggled in Georgia
    Image caption: Steven Fletcher came close a goal in Tbilisi
    Steven Naismith cannot believe a decision in the defeat by Georgia
    Image caption: Steven Naismith cannot believe a decision in the defeat by Georgia
  17. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Ryan Heatly: If Gordon Strachan picked players based on form, we would have coasted through tonight. #bbcscotfootball

    Billy Birkins: Rotten Scotland, I'm fed up with this now.

    Andy Craig: Mark McGhee said that Brown was the first name on the team sheet. Maybe it should be Darren Fletcher and Craig Gordon.

    Bernard Ryan: Once again: Scotland can perform in Dortmund against the Germans, but not in Tbilisi against the Georgians. Advantage YBIG.

  18. How it stands

    Group D
  19. 'Monumental error'

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    "Scotland looked like a team that didn't believe they had to win this match. They'll need to win their next three games [to have any chance of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals]. It's a monumental error tonight."

  20. Text us on 80295

    Chris: Another woeful display from Scotland! All they can hope for is a miracle to get through. Tired of the disappointment now, Strachan needs to start picking players that want to be there, not just the names. This has been Strachan's worst game by far, poor tactics to start with and awful substitutions.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Angus McPhail: Looks like (8 years later) another Euro Championship Qualifying dealt a potentially fatal blow in Tblisi #GEOSCO #bbcscotfootball

    John Delaney: So, just need to beat Germany and Poland now then. #GEOSCO

    Bernard Ryan: Georgia 1-0 Scotland, bodes well for Rep of Ireland in Faro. Strachan lost for leaving Anya and Fletcher on too long.. YES.


    Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Jubilation on the bench among the Georgia coaching staff; some of the Scotland players have their heads in their hands. Gordon Strachan looks crestfallen.

    The remaining games against Germany, Poland and Gibraltar take on greater significance. The Scots will drop to fourth in Group D in the event of a Republic of Ireland victory.

  23. CLOSE!

    A flurry of Shaun Maloney corners, the latest of which sees the unmarked Charlie Mulgrew leap to send a header whistling just wide of goal.

    Gordon Strachan hops up and down in frustration; Scotland frustrated once again.

  24. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Leigh Griffiths's low cross is blocked - corner for Scotland...


    Gordon Strachan looks dejected

    Four minutes of added time in Tbilisi...

  26. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Shaun Maloney's free-kick deflects off the Georgia wall and over for a corner. Gordon Strachan has his head in his hands. Was that Scotland's last chance to salvage a point in Tbilisi?

  27. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Shaun Maloney finds himself in space on the left and his low centre is once again hoovered up by the Georgia defence. The visitors' forays forward are becoming increasingly desperate.

  28. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Georgia are increasingly first to the ball and the more likelier to add to their tally rather than concede a late equaliser. Scotland appear to be lacking urgency, worrying times...

  29. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Ten minutes plus added time remaining in Tbilisi for Scotland to salvage something from this Euro 2016 qualifier. Worryingly though, for Gordon Strachan, is the lack of creativity in front of goal.

  30. Text us on 80295

    John in Aberdeen: Think its time to give some players from the Scottish League [aside from Celtic] a chance at international football.

  31. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Shaun Maloney whips a free kick into the box but it's a Georgian head to flick the ball away. The hosts have the wind in their sails as they sense a potential victory in Tbilisi.

  32. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Another chance for the hosts as Mchedlidze flashes a shot wide of goal and into the side netting. Heart palpitations left, right and centre for anyone who follows Scotland.

  33. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Leigh Griffiths prepares to come on

    A last throw of the dice by a tense-looking Gordon Strachan: Leigh Griffiths replaces Ikechi Anya.

  34. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Scotland substitute James Forrest tries to engineer an attack but he overruns the ball for a Georgia goal kick - triggering groans from the travelling Tartan Army.

    Gordon Strachan's side have 20 minutes plus added time in which to find an equaliser. Can they do it?

  35. Text us on 80295

    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: What has Gordon Strachan got against goalscorers? Jordan Rhodes not in the squad as usual and Leigh Griffiths on the bench. Steven Fletcher is massively overrated and seldom plays for his club.

    Murray, from Edinburgh, following by text in Little Italy, which is a bar in Zurich!: while I can't actually see what's happening I have every faith in Wee Gordon and the boys. He's fostered a club like mentality by keeping a tight and trusted squad - we still have the spirit to turn this around!

  36. CLOSE!

    Ananidze is given oceans of space to rumble forward and his 25-yard howitzer forces a superb save from David Marshall. Scotland are on the precipice in Tbilisi.

  37. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Max Baggins-Craig: Finally changes are made, I've been so bored, frustrated & drained, about time things lighten up. Scots to qualify still.

    Christopher Ballett: Steven Fletcher couldn't finish his dinner. Scottish Harry Kane #bbcscotfootball

  38. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Georgia come forward through Mchedlidze but his mazy run into the box fails to yield a decent cross. Relief for Scotland but they need to find a spark from somewhere.

    Scotland players
  39. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Gordon Strachan

    Gordon Strachan shuffles his Scotland pack: James Forrest and Grant Hanley on for Steven Naismith and Andy Robertson.

    Will the changes spark a second-half revival?

  40. Join the debate at #bbcfscotootball

    Angus McPhail: Get Fletcher off! Waste of space in this game! #GEOSCO

    David de la Fawkes: Is Gordon Strachan incapable of using players other than his core squad? We badly need new blood and the sooner the better.


    Steven Fletcher collects a cracking through ball and clips a shot at goal; only to see it bounce back off the post. An offside flag saves the striker's blushes. Scotland are knocking on the door here in search of an equaliser.

  42. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Steven Fletcher is impeded attempting to thread a ball through to Steven Naismith. Free kick to Scotland but again the delivery is poor and Georgia remain a goal to the good.

  43. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Ikechi Anya, running at full pelt down the left, shows the Georgia defence a clean pair of heels. However, he slows his run and the hosts clear the danger.

  44. CLOSE!

    Steven Naismith reacts

    Scotland think they've equalised but Steven Naismith is penalised for using an arm on the goal-line against Revishvili. The keeper gets sheepishly to his feet and rubs his neck as though indicating the Scotland forward had tried to get him with the piano wire.

  45. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    More danger for Scotland as Ananidze whips a wicked ball into the near post and Mchedlidze steers his effort into the grateful arms of David Marshall.

  46. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way! No changes for either side...

  47. Text us on 80295

    Adam in Edinburgh: Fletcher, Maloney, Morrison, Mulgrew and especially Robertson have been awful! Where's the confidence? They're not being managed by LVG, get forward!!!

    Martin, Dundee: We never learn. Awful defending at the goal. Far too much tippy-tappy passing going on giving the Georgians time to get back and defend. That might be fine if you have the players who can break them down - we don't - we're not Spain. We need to up the tempo of the game and play fast counter-attacking football.

    Gary Macqueen: Same as 2007 - tactics are all wrong. Our best striker in Griffiths is on the bench while one-goal a game Fletcher starts again!

    Anonymous: I genuinely think everyone should ignore the build up to a Scotland game. It's almost as if all the players read all the hope and good feeling and then their spine turns to the consistency of hospital jelly.

  48. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Andy Craig: Scott Brown running around like a headless chicken. I like Gordon Strachan but how he thinks Brown is better than Darren Fletcher is beyond me.

    Steven Anderson: So Scotland might not look bad but have we even had one shot on goal?

    Angus McPhail: Think Scott Brown has tried but been poor, Steven Fletcher not offered much at all

    Graeme Aitken: Well played Scotland. Now we will snatch a 1-1 draw and claim it was a good result!


    Georgia 1-0 Scotland (Qazaishvili)

    Alan Hutton

    Scotland trot off the pitch at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena and up the tunnel for a probable proverbial rocket from Gordon Strachan. Georgia lead at the break courtesy of Valeri Qazaishvili's strike.

  50. Text us on 80295

    Anonymous: Scotland will never change! Give us a glimpse of hope and chance... then they bottle it!

  51. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Steven Naismith

    Georgia's defence does well to thwart Steven Naismith as the Everton man prepared to flash a shot at goal. Frustration building for a Scotland side struggling for creativity in Tbilisi.

    Food for thought for Gordon Strachan at the break.

  52. Text us on 80295

    John McAllister: When is Gordon Strachan going to learn that Steven Fletcher is useless? And why pick players who can't get a game for their club team?

    Mac: And that my friends, is all you deserve when you don't learn your lessons. There's more intensity in my Pot Noodle.

  53. Your Views

    Derek Thomas on Facebook. I think Craig Gordon should have been in the team and I hope Lee Griffiths gets a look in.

  54. Georgia 1-0 Scotland

    Gordon Strachan reacts

    Scotland's defence is shredded once again and Okriashvili has two unmarked team-mates inside the box. He dithers and Scotland somehow clear for a corner. The hosts fail to profit. You wonder if they'll live to regret failing to take a golden chance to double their lead.

  55. GOAL

    Georgia 1-0 Scotland (Qazaishvili)

    Jubilation in the Georgia technical area as the hosts break the deadlock with a goal of stunning simplicity. Scotland fail to deal with a ball into the box and Valeri Qazaishvili punishes them, rifling a shot low beyond the despairing David Marshall.

    Valeri Qazaishvili fires home the opener
    Image caption: Valeri Qazaishvili fires Georgia into the lead in Tbilisi

    "They deserve the lead as they've been the better side," says BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

    Hard to disagree, Willie.

  56. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Alan Wylie: Come on Scotland! #Scotland #GEOSCO #bbcscotfootball #Euro2016Qualifiers


    Can your dog hold the ball up front with his/her back to goal Alan? If so, get on the blower to Gordon Strachan.

  57. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Mark Davies: Re your entry at 16:45, it was CHIEF Inspector Dreyfus. Credit where it was due.

    That's eagle-eyed of you Mark! I don't want to upset the frazzled copper further...

  58. CLOSE!

    Scotland's best chance of the first half. The impressive Andy Robertson whips in a low dangerous cross which is in that no man's land between goal-line and six yard box. The stretching Steven Fletcher tries to steer the ball home with his left foot but his feathered touch drifts wide.

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher
    Image caption: Steven Fletcher goes within a whisker of breaking the deadlock
  59. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    Tornike Okriashvili and Scott Brown

    "Georgia will be more than happy with their performance and are stroking the ball about. I think the home team will be the happier of the two..."

  60. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Gordon Strachan makes a few tactical notes to share with his troops at the break. Will the Scotland manager be happy with his side's display so far?

    A goal before half-time would see a big tick in his notebook...

    Andrew Robertson and Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Scotland coach Gordon Strachan (right) issues instructions to Andrew Robertson
  61. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Georgia continue to look dangerous on the counter attack until their forays crumble in the final third.

    Scotland defend another aerial attack but the hosts are becoming more confident as we approach the 25-minute mark in Tbilisi. It remains goalless in this intriguing Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Scotland's Ikechi Anya is tackled by Georgia's Solomon Kverkvelia
    Image caption: Scotland's Ikechi Anya is tackled by Georgia's Solomon Kverkvelia
  62. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Hutton, Morrison and Brown trade passes before Naismith darts into the box. The Everton man's centre is swept away by some desperate Georgia defending.

    Corner for the visitors, but Georgia repel the danger.

  63. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland attack down the right and a cross into the box sees Steven Fletcher penalised for an aerial challenge on Georgia keeper Revishvili who came for the cross somewhat unconvincingly.

  64. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Georgia midfielder Navalovski, like a cat playing with a ball of wool, keeps possession in midfield as he looks for an opening. Scotland's defence is resolute and there's nothing doing.

    "Scotland are well organised and need to keep patient," says BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

  65. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Half-hearted appeals for a Scotland penalty as Andrew Robertson's dangerous cross sees Steven Naismith rise to head but then become entangled with a Georgia defender.

    Nothing doing, though, as referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan, with a shake of the head, says no penalty.

  66. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland are beginning to enjoy more possession in midfield but they've yet to get lightning-in-a-bottle Ikechi Anya into the game and running at the Georgia defence...yet.


    Alan Hutton slaloms through a couple of Georgia challenges before Kashia scythes the full-back down. Referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan is on the scene in seconds to produce the first yellow card of the game.

  68. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Shaun Maloney

    Better from Scotland. Shaun Maloney scurries in behind the Georgian rearguard but a promising move is brought to an abrupt end with an offside flag.

  69. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Emboldened by that early chance, Georgia are zipping the ball about the turf with a growing swagger. Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall gallops from his line to claim a deep cross.

    "A poor cross and an easy take," says BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

  70. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Georgia spark the first alarm in the Scotland defence as a promising counter attack fizzles out as Qazaishvili drags his shot well wide of goal when he'd have been better served going for the old "give and go" with a nearby scampering team-mate.

  71. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew is coolness personified as he snuffs out an early Georgia attack. The visitors feed the ball down the left as Anya and Robertson look to probe for an opening. Georgia clear their lines.

  72. Georgia 0-0 Scotland

    Team news graphic
  73. KICK-OFF

    We're under way! Come out from behind the couch...

  74. Nearly there...

    Scotland team pre-match

    The anthems done and dusted, it's time for handshakes between both sets of players before whistler Ovidiu Alin Hategan prepares to get us under way.

  75. Anthem time

    Scotland team line up pre-match

    The floodlights are on as both sides trot onto the immaculate turf ahead of the National Anthems.

    The Tartan Army are in fine voice! The Georgian offering is almost operatic. Great stuff!

  76. Get Involved

    Iain Ritchie on Facebook. On a flight from Sydney to Dubai... Thanks to the wonders of in-flight internet I am following BBC Scotland coverage from the skies whilst enjoying a nice dram....come on Scotland!

    If Scotland score, don't spill your whisky Iain...

  77. Empty seats

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    With just minutes to go before kick-off here in Tbilisi, suggestions that the Boris Paichadze Arena would be half full, seem optimistic...

  78. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    PWS: We had 8 M/Mac/M surnames in a line up at Euro 92!

    An all out Mac attack!

  79. 'Draw isn't a disaster'

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller is an oasis of calm ahead of kick-off; like he's listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and drifting along to Us And Them.

    "Don't get carried away," the bold Willie advises listeners. "It's got to be three points tonight but a draw isn't a disaster. And who's to say we can't beat Germany?"

  80. Don't mention 'must win'

    Ah, the dreaded "must win" phrase. Gordon Strachan has fairly bristled at its mention in the week leading up to tonight's qualifier.

    However, with four games remaining in Group D, every point is precious.

    Scotland host Germany next Monday at Hampden, before Poland at home (8 October) and Gibraltar away (11 October)

    It won't come to a nerve-shredding climax against Gibraltar will it? Scotland fans will be twitching like the frazzled Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther.

  81. Join the debate at #bbscotfootball

    Liam Byrne: James McArthur isn't starting tonight when he is easily Scotland's best midfielder what is Strachan thinking #bbcscotfootball #blindfaith

    Steven McNamara: Big boost as an Irish Celtic fan seeing the diabolical Steven Fletcher start ahead of Leigh Griffiths (Fletcher hat-trick)

  82. What threat to Georgia pose?

    "The Georgians are currently at a lowly 147th in the Fifa world rankings, writes BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod.

    "Incredibly, since that anti-climactic night in October 2007, the Georgians have only won four of their subsequent 35 competitive matches.

    Georgia line up ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany earlier in the campaign
    Image caption: Georgia will be gunning for Scotland tonight

    "They've also managed to score just once in home competitive internationals in the last three years - Tornike Okriashvili's stunner against the Irish on matchday one in this campaign.

    "It's hardly intimidating form. However, it is a Georgia side that Scotland struggled to put away when they ran out 1-0 winners at Ibrox last October..."

  83. LINE-UPS


    Georgia: Revishvili, Lobjanidze, Kvirkvelia, Amisulashvili, Navalovski, Okriashvili, Ananidze, Kashia, Kankava, Kazaishvili, Mchedlidze. Subs: Loria, Khizanishvili, Vatsadze, Tskhadadze, Merebashvilli, Kvekveskiri, Popkhadze, Kenia, Gvelesiani, Daushvili, Kakabadze, Makaridze.

    Scotland: Marshall, Hutton, Russell Martin, Mulgrew, Robertson, Anya, Brown, Maloney, Morrison, Naismith, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Gordon, Ritchie, Griffiths, McArthur, Whittaker, Forrest, Russell, Darren Fletcher, Greer, Chris Martin, Hanley, McGregor.

    Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)

  84. Scotland's hopes

    Scotland players prepare to face Brazil at France 98
  85. Join the debate at #bbscocfootball

    Elliot Harrison: Englishman who's lived in Scotland 16 years. Would absolutely love if all the home nations make it. Come on Scotland!! #bbcscotfootball

    Great point Elliot! Gareth Bale's headed winner last night is a step in the right direction...

  86. 'I expect us to be in France'

    With four games to go in Group D, Scotland have designs on qualifying automatically. Scotland and Norwich City defender Russell Martin is bullish over the national side's chances of appearing in France next summer.

    "I expect us to be in France," he said. "I believe that 100 per cent and I'm sure everyone in the squad would tell you the same.

    Scotland defender Russell Martin
    Image caption: Russell Martin: "We expect to get there"

    "With the position we have put ourselves in now we all expect to get there, it's as simple as that. If we don't we will all be extremely disappointed, but we are confident we have enough in the group.

    "I've had loads of people giving us a lot of credit for what we've achieved recently in such a short space of time and the way we play and the way we approach games. Under this manager that won't change so hopefully we can take it to a major tournament and show it there as well."

  87. Join the debate at #bbscotcfootball

    Rangers Till We Die: The Scotland game tonight is big. Hopefully a wee 1-0 win and the Poles snatch a draw.. Will heat things up nicely #bbcscotfootball

    Rab King Of Scotland: Hopefully, Griffiths, Forrest, Hanley get on at some stage, great to see Anya on from kick-off.

    Peter Allan: Interesting fact alert. Five Ms starting but no Mcs or Macs. #bbcscotfootball

    No "return of the Mac's?"

  88. Text us on 80295

    Sean Scott: Scoring a hat-trick against Gibraltar should not merit Fletcher's place in the team over Griffiths or Martin. Hope I'm made to eat my words though!

  89. 'A lot has changed'

    Gordon Strachan was unfazed the other day when asked about the 2-0 defeat in October, 2007.

    "A lot has changed since 2007," he told the media conference. "Who would have thought you would have an iWatch in 2007? It's amazing how things can change."

    Back then, The Sugababes were number one in the charts with About You Know; the Daila Lama was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the US Congress and midfielder Steven Gerrard said it would be "unthinkable" for England to miss out on a place at Euro 2008.

  90. Trip down memory lane...

    Levan Mchedlidze and David Siradze were on target way back in October 2007 when Georgia saw off the Scots in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Tbilisi.

    Georgia celebrate beating Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifier

    In the final game of the group, Christian Panucci's stoppage-time goal secured Italy's 2-1 victory and dashed Scotland's hopes of appearing in the finals.

  91. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Chris McLaughlin in Tbilisi

    BBC Sport

    The scene is set for what could be one of Scotland's most crucial #Euro2016 qualifiers. #bbcscotfootball

    The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
    Image caption: Calm before the storm? The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
  92. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Liam Macpherson: Glad to see Robbo-Anya back on the left, always look dangerous together & we'll need them going forward #inGordwetrust

    Jake Keith: Strachan going for experience in Stevie Fletcher up front. Can see the thinking but would have gone for Leigh Griffiths on form #bbcscotfootball

  93. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    'We're looking forward to it'

    "You never know how important these games are going to be. We try to win every game no matter who we're playing.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Gordon Strachan says a lot of water has passed under the bridge since 2007

    "It's not been easy; I've got a lot of players playing well just now. We know it's going to be a competitive game.

    "I have had it all the way through my career when approaching good games that I look forward to, or any game, there is a nervous excitement. So, we are in the same boat.

    "It doesn't mean we are apprehensive, it doesn't mean we are scared, it means we are looking forward to it."

  94. Get Involved

    Tweet using #bbcscotfootball

    Bolton Tartan Army: No nails left & it's not even started!

    Thesnowman21: Absolute bag of nerves.

    John Cassidy: Hopefully Georgia can get all 3 points! I think ever Irish fan is a Georgia fan today! Sorry pal!

  95. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Can Scotland secure maximum points in Georgia? Will Gordon Strachan guide the national side to a first major finals since France 98?

    What do you make of the team for tonight's qualifier?

    Get in touch via text to 80295, tweet using #bbcscotfootball or message me @bbcthomasmcg with your pearls of wisdom.

  96. Keeping hydrated

    With the sun splitting the sky in baking hot temperatures in Tbilisi, the Scotland supporters have been on top form...

    Scotland fans in Georgia
    Image caption: The Tartan Army have been taking on plenty of fluids in Tbilisi
    Scotland fans in Georgia
    Image caption: Supporters have been in fine voice ahead of tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier
    Supporters in Freedom Square in Tbilisi
    Image caption: "We'll walk a million miles, for one of your goals..."
  97. How will the Scots line up?

    Scotland: Marshall, Hutton, Robertson, R. Martin, Mulgrew, Maloney, Morrison, Brown (c), S. Fletcher, Naismith, Anya.

    Subs: Gordon, Ritchie, Griffiths, McArthur, Whittaker, Forrest, Russell, D. Fletcher, Greer, McGregor, C. Martin, Hanley.

  98. Welcome

    Good evening and a warm welcome to our live text coverage of Georgia v Scotland (17:00 BST kick-off).

  99. How does Group D look?

    The Scots, after six games in Group D, find themselves in third place, three points behind leaders Poland and two behind world champions Germany.

    Strachan insists he doesn't view tonight's clash against Georgia in Tbilisi as a "must win".

    However, with a game against the German juggernaut next Monday at Hampden looming on the horizon, maximum points this evening would be just the tonic.

    Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D
  100. Final countdown

    "Nervous excitement" is how the man with the hopes of a nation on his shoulders describes the mood in the camp.

    Scotland supporters can just about remember the last time they cheered on the national side at a major finals - the France 98 World Cup to be exact.

    Gordon Strachan aims to restore smiles to Tartan Army faces by securing a place at the Euro 2016 finals... in France.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Strachan is happy with Scotland's preparations ahead of tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier