It has been three years since Boyd was part of the international set-up, with Strachan clearly rating a player for whom he signed as Middlesbrough manager although that particular chapter didn’t work out for either man.
Following spells with Eskişehirspor and Portland Timbers, Boyd is back in Scotland scoring goals and may well play some part of Tuesday’s encounter, with William Hill bookies offering odds of 8/1 about the forward repaying the manager’s faith by scoring the opening goal.
“I never gave up hope of playing for my country again and I am grateful to Gordon for giving me that chance,” Boyd said.
“I have always felt I can make a contribution at international level and knew that if I kept working hard my chance would come again. Hopefully I can get involved against Norway and show people what I am still capable of at the highest level.”
Scotland played reasonably well when drawing 0-0 with the United States on Friday night, although they are the outsiders for Tuesday’s match against a team with a similar world ranking.
Nevertheless, defender Grant Hanley feels that the team are enjoying a new lease of life since Strachan took charge and perhaps odds of 3/1 are too big about a team with growing confidence levels since the latter replaced Craig Levein.
“We need to head to Norway and hope we can keep our wee run going,” Hanley said. “It’s all about momentum as we prepare for the next European Championship campaign.
“I think there is a difference in the mood in the camp from a few months ago. Before when we went into these games like Croatia away, we had nothing to lose.
“We were always positive but that’s not the same as believing you will win. But now that we are on the back of a wee run and our performances have picked up, we can take a bit of confidence into the games.”
Norway will have felt confident of a top-two finish in World Cup qualifying Group E only to finish fourth in the standings behind Switzerland, Iceland and Slovenia, with Per-Mathias Hogmo’s team having lost 2-1 away to Denmark on Friday night.
The hosts are an 11/10 chance to claim victory in this match as they also look to become one of the 24 teams that contests Euro 2016, with Marcus Pedersen having opened his international account in Copenhagen.
The striker is currently plying his trade for Barnsley which indicates that Norway aren’t blessed with quality players and one can’t help but feel that this is a match where Scotland can squeak a victory, especially at such attractive odds.
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