Scotland v Lithuania: Tartan Army will have to work for the three points
After a thumping 5-1 win away at Malta to get their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign up and running, Scotland face a much tougher task in the shape of Lithuania.
With games against Slovenia, Slovakia, and of course, England, still to come, Gordon Strachan’s men must take advantage of a favourable run of opening fixtures.
But although Lithuania have never reached a major Finals, their recent qualifying records demands they be given respect at Hampden Park.
The Lithuanians have finished fourth out of six in each of their last two World Cup qualifying groups, reaching double figure points on each occasion.
Only a late lapse saw Slovenia fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in their opening match of this campaign, while Poland were also held to a draw in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly.
The two sides have met regularly in the past, including each of the qualifying stages for Euros 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Of those six clashes, the Tartan Army have won four and drawn one of the last five, although rarely has victory come easily.
Robert Snodgrass was the hero in Malta, netting the opener before scoring twice more to complete a fine hat-trick.
Lithuania won’t be a rollover, but if the Scots are to make a real fist of qualification, then six points against Edgaras Jankauskus’ men are a must.
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