Scotland captain Scott Brown admits the burden of expectation is starting to weigh on the players’ shoulders but still fully believes that they can qualify for Euro 2016.
A victory against Poland on Thursday would certainly help to bolster that belief but anything other than three points against Adam Nawalka’s men would almost certainly extend their hiatus from a major tournament.
France 98′ seems a long time ago for Brown but with the players peaking at the right time, the Scotland skipper believes they could yet still finish in the play-off spot at the expense of either Thursday’s opponents or Ireland.
“It’s been a long, long time. We can all feel it on our shoulders. It’s been a huge thing in the press over the last few days as well. But we’re positive, we’ve got to go into this game and be as positive as we can.
“We’ve got to believe in ourselves that we can do this and go the next step and get into the Euros.
“We have two huge games. It’s going to great tomorrow night, everyone in the dressing room is looking forward to the game and playing in front of 55,000 people at Hampden.
“Everyone is on form, our strikers are scoring goals, our defenders are defending well and our midfielders are playing well. I think that’s what you need going into these games, you need a lot of confidence and players in each position playing really well.
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“It’s going to be hard, we all have to muck in and be strong all over park. We have to be tight, defend well and attack as a team.
“We’re a great ‘team’, we work hard off the ball as well as on it and I think that’s what makes us Scotland and we have a great chance of doing this.”