"We were clearly the better team the whole game".
A superb opener by Leigh Griffiths saw them leading 1-0 at half-time, but Slovenia substitute Roman Bezjak hammered two nails into Scotland's coffin with goals in the 52nd and 71st minutes. Robert Snodgrass netted a late equaliser but with the draw Scotland slipped to third place, behind Slovakia.
Asked if he had a decision to reach on his future as manager after a second failed campaign in charge, Strachan declined to cast any light on his plans.
"I'm the last person to be thinking about right now", he said. "All credit to Slovenia - they played well and passed the ball well". The thing is looking after [the players].
"The first one should have been our free-kick, somehow the referee sees it the other way and we end up losing a goal". Me, it's not a problem.
Collins - who went to two major finals and scored against Brazil - believes there's still been enough progress for the Scots under Strachan to merit him staying on.
Scotland keeper Craig Gordon says dropping two points at home to Lithuania is a huge source of regret for the squad after their failed bid to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
'I think some of them pushed themselves to places they didn't think they could actually go'.
After 11 years with Everton in which Moyes only ever finished outside of the top ten twice and lead them to an all-time Premier League high of fourth in 2004/05, in hindsight it now seems that succeeding Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was the biggest mistake of his career - but it was an opportunity he would have been foolish to turn down.
"That's six games we've gone undefeated with a few good away results in there as well so we're playing well and getting those good results, we just left ourselves with too much to do", the Celtic goalkeeper added.
'But you can't change our genetics.
Strachan, who is 5ft 6in tall, suggested: "Maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do".
'Physically, we have a problem. That is what has happened tonight. "For all the possession they had, they didn't really cut us open".
But he continued in denial mode, telling journalists: "Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours".