BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Scotland have plummeted to their worst position in more than two years in the latest FIFA Rankings.
Gordon Strachan’s side have slipped nine places following last month’s Euro 2016 qualifying defeats against Georgia and Germany and currently sit in 40th spot.
It is Scotland’s lowest ranking since September 2013, when they resided in lowly 63rd place during the early days of Strachan’s reign.
The likes of Albania, Iran and Hungary are now ahead of Scotland, while the Cape Verde Islands are just one place behind.
Poland, who travel to Hampden for the penultimate Group D fixture next month with both sides’ qualification hopes in the balance, are in 43rd spot, while Scotland’s final opponents Gibraltar remain unranked by FIFA.
Of Scotland’s other Group D rivals, Germany lie in second place behind Argentina, Martin O’Neill’s Ireland are 54th and Georgia occupy 110th spot after rising a massive 37 places this month.
Wales are the best of the Home Nations in eight place, ahead of England (10) and Northern Ireland (53).