05 Oct Goodwin: I hope Lewandowski downs Scots
Most people in Scottish football are desperate for Scotland to get three points against Poland on Thursday.
Not St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin though.
The 33-year-old was born in Ireland and, with Martin O’Neill’s men fighting it out with the Scots to make it to Euro 2016, he is hoping in-form Pole Robert Lewandowski can break Scottish hearts.
It’s led to a little bit of banter flying around the dressing room in Paisley.
“I get that at St Mirren, especially with the build-up to international week. It’s very exciting for both countries,” Goodwin told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.
“Scotland has got strength in depth at the moment, particularly, in that forward area.
“Griffiths is on fire, Fletcher scored recently with Sunderland and you could also possibly go with Steven Naismith, who’s been banging the goals in at Everton.
“They have got great options but, from our own point of view, we hope Lewandowski is on fire and plays into our hands.”
Ireland are in pole position to reach the play-offs, with a four-point gap between themselves and Scotland.
However, they face Germany and Poland in the final two games, while Scotland host Poland before facing Gibraltar on Sunday.
“I do believe Scotland are good enough to beat Poland at Hampden,” Goodwin continued.
“I think Scotland are going to have to try to come out and win the game but could leave themselves open at the back and, with Lewandowski in his current form, that could mean a bit of bother for Scotland.
“We’re very optimistic, we’ve got the four-point lead but it’s going to be extremely difficult with Germany up first.
“They are a fantastic outfit. I would expect Martin O’Neill to go very defensive and just try to frustrate the life out of Germany, and hopefully get that point which I think is required.”