A Familiar old anecdote comes to mind about the scale of the mission Scotland face in Alicante this evening.
Back in 1980, Archie Knox was Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager at Aberdeen when they were drawn to play Liverpool in the European Cup. Knox went to “spy” on the then mighty Anfield side when he encountered Bill Shankly. “So are you down to have a look at our great team?” asked Shankly, deadpan. “Aye son, they’ve all tried that . . .” Knox put away his notebook. Liverpool won 5-0 on aggregate.
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