Scotland’s goalie Craig Gordon misses the ball during the  Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on  October 17th, 2007, which Georgia won 2-0. Photograph:   AFP

Having taken four points from their games in Belgrade and Vienna, Martin O’Neill’s side should, on the face of it, find things comparatively straightf(...)

Tomike Okriashvili heads home  Georgia’s equaliser in the World Cup qualifier against  Wales  at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Wales 1 Georgia 1 This was the day when the path to Russia started to become more complicated for Wales. Chris Coleman and his players need no tellin(...)

Séamus Coleman scores the Republic of Ireland’s goal during the World Cup qualifier Group D match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Vladimir Weiss said before this game that when he had taken over as Georgian coach he had shown his players reruns of(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Martin O’Neill’s side did just about enough here to sustain their hopes of a place at next summer’s European Champion(...)

Seamus Coleman goeson a sprint during  Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill believes there is a renewed sense of confidence in the Ireland squad ahead of this evening’s crucial qualifying game against Georgia, b(...)

Empoli striker Levan Mchedlidze believes Georgia’s players have greater freedom to express themselves under boss Kakhaber Tskhadadze. Photograph: Afp

Given how much attention Ireland’s inability to beat better ranked sides in qualifying gets, it is perhaps worth mentioning another historical truism:(...)

Scotland’s Shaun Maloney is tackled by   Georgia’s Guram Kashia during the Euro 2016  Group D qualifier in Tbilisi. Photograph:    Nick Potts/PA

Georgia 1 Scotland 0 Scotland’s national team has become so used to harsh realities that another one probably will not be difficult to accept. Defeat (...)