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Strachan issues Lithuania pitch demands ahead of World Cup qualifier

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Gordon Strachan wants Scotland's training conditions to be exactly how it will be on matchday at LFF Stadium.

Gordon Strachan will insist his Scotland squad are allowed to train on Lithuania's plastic pitch in the same conditions that will be used for Friday's crucial World Cup qualifier.

The Scots head to the LFF Arena in Vilnius to play their first ever full international clash on an artificial surface.

But Strachan knows from experience that an astroturf pitch can behave in a different manner depending on how much moisture is applied.

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