Slovenia 2 Scotland 2

Scotland players celebrate as Martin Skrtel of Slovakia scores an own goal for their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden

Scotland players celebrate as Martin Skrtel of Slovakia scores an own goal for their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden

The manager's contract is shortly coming to an end but when asked if he wanted to staty on he said it wasn't the time to think about his role.

"In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain".

Victory over Srecko Katanec's team would secure second place in Group F and one of the eight play-off slots.

However, Strachan's side could not protect a fine first-half strike from Griffiths, with Roman Bezjak twice scoring from set-pieces.

The national team needed a win to reach the knockout tie and were leading at half time but drew 2-2 in Slovenia to see their hopes of playing at Russian Federation 2018 end in bitter disappointment.

"Two lapses in concentration has cost us", he told BBC Scotland.

"We knew it was going to be a hard task coming here, this team hadn't lost a goal at home the whole campaign, so to come here, score two and nearly snatch it at the end was gutting".

The Scots needed a late own goal to keep their hopes of making next summer's tournament alive ahead of their final qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday. Unless you've been in that situation I don't think I've got the words to explain it to you.

While he received the backing of captain Darren Fletcher and star striker Leigh Griffiths, Strachan refused to be drawn on his future with the national team.

"It's a shame we haven't been able to do it", said the Derby centre-forward.