Starting XI vs. Scotland: Pletikosa – Vida, Ćorluka, Lovren, Strinić – Srna, Vukojević, Modrić, Kranjčar – Kalinić Mandžukić.
It’s true. Croatia not only lost to Scotland for a second time this qualifying campaign, but they couldn’t even find the back of the net against the Scots in 180 minutes. Croatia only have one point in their last four competitive matches and will limp into the playoff round with zero momentum and zero confidence. After the 2-0 loss to Scotland Tuesday night, manager Igor Štimac said in a postgame press conference that he would put in his letter of resignation to HNS president Davor Šuker because of the result string of bad results. He said that ream morale is down and he would do anything for the better of the federation.
In any normal circumstance, Stimac would have been fired weeks ago. If this is all true, who should step in as new Croatia coach?