Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is relaxed ahead of clash with Croatia
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has refused to become embroiled in a war of words with Croatia counterpart Igor Stimac.
Last Updated: 15/10/13 6:32pm
The former Derby and West Ham defender has described Tuesday's Group A World Cup qualifier with Scotland as a "kind of a training session" for his side.
Croatia go into the Hampden encounter having already secured a play-off spot for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, where they hope to join group winners Belgium.
Strachan, who is hoping Scotland complete a double over the visitors after their 1-0 victory in Zagreb during the summer, is relaxed about the apparent slur.
"He can have any comments he wants. I like Igor, a nice fella," Strachan said.
"I spent time with him in Poland (during Euro 2012), I've known him since he was at Derby.
"It depends if he said training or experimenting. Experiment is completely different from training.
"I look forward to seeing him. He is a good man, he organises his team well and we wish him all the best in the play-offs."
On arrival in Glasgow, Stimac said: "We always have a point to prove if you're talking about football.
"We're not under any pressure, we're into the play-offs so this game will be kind of a training session for us, but it's very important to win every game."
Scotland v Croatia is live on Sky Sports 1HD tongiht at 7.30pm