Scotland boss Gordon Strachan surprised by Ikechi Anya snub

Strachan surprised by Anya snub
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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan admits his surprise that Premier League clubs did not look to sign Ikechi Anya during the summer transfer window.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has admitted his surprise that Premier League clubs overlooked Ikechi Anya during the summer transfer window.

The Watford winger scored in Scotland's 2-1 defeat to Germany on Sunday in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Strachan believes that the 26-year-old is good enough to play for a top-flight club in England or Scotland.

"The coaching staff scratch our heads and wonder why he is not playing in the English Premier League," Strachan told Sky Sports News.

"He could go to a Celtic or to a club in the English Premier League no bother. He can play different positions too which makes him even more valuable.

"He can play on the left, as he did against Germany, he can play on the right side, he can even play left-back. And he has a love for the game which is so refreshing. He's worked so hard to get where he is right now that he doesn't want to lose it."

Anya joined Watford from Spanish side Granada in July 2013 following a successful loan spell.

Germany's defender Benedikt Hoewedes (L) and Scotland's forward Steven Naismith vie for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifying match of Germany vs Scotland on September 7, 2014
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