05 Oct Lewandowski’s a threat but we’ve players in form too – McGhee
Mark McGhee says Scotland will not devise a special plan to deal with the threat of in-form forward Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski has been in scintillating goalscoring form with club side Bayern Munich, netting 12 times in his last four games and he is part of a Poland outfit which stands between Scotland and a chance of reaching the play-offs.
“The boys themselves are aware of the player,” he said. “He’s certainly one of the best. Whether he is the best, that’s a personal thing. you have all sorts of players like [Luis] Suarez and these guys who are incredible players.
“We feel we have to match them in every area and obviously Lewandowski is their guy they hope will get goals for them, so we have to pay him attention. I have total respect for him, he’s a fantastic player, but we have players in form as well.”
Scotland strikers Steven Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths, Jordan Rhodes and Chris Martin all got on the scoresheet for their respective clubs and McGhee believes that can only bode well for the country.
“It’s encouraging because that’s going to bring them here full of confidence. If you score once, you tend to think you will score again. That’s the important thing for us, that we have players who are in scoring form.
“Steven Fletcher brings a lot to the team other than goals and I think the fact that he played for Sunderland at the weekend not having scored many goals this season, reflects that.
“We’ve been hugely encouraged by Leigh Griffiths all season. We’ve seen a big improvement. The work Celtic are doing with him, having spoken to Leigh and the likes of Chris McCart, clearly they are doing really good work with him.
“That combined with the fact he’s in scoring form, definitely makes him a realistic candidate to start, but that will ultimately be the manager’s decision.”
With the chance of automatic qualification now gone, Scotland will in all likelihood need a victory against the Poles at Hampden before an expected three points against minnows Gibraltar on Sunday but it all depends on results elsewhere in the group.
“The most important thing that we can do, both in the build-up and in particular when that first whistle is blown, is be totally focused on what’s happening there, the here and now, us against Poland; not the consequences of winning, drawing or losing,” McGhee said.
“Any other distractions or permutations can only take away from the performance. It has to be about the performance. That’s the way we will approach it: 100 per cent focus on the Poland team.”