Former Scotland star Paul Lambert believes Scotland have to beat world champions Germany to stand a chance of qualifying for Euro 2016.
The Scots’ aspirations of playing in next summer’s tournament in France suffered a major blow after they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Georgia on Friday, leaving them in fourth place in Group D.
Gordon Strachan’s men now face the reigning world champions at Hampden on Monday and, ahead of the game, former Celtic and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Lambert believes three points is a must.
Asked what he thought Scotland might need against the Germans to qualify, he said:
“Ideally, you have to win but even then it might not be good enough.
“It all depends on Poland and Ireland. Poland have got Gibraltar so you’d think they would pick up three points there.
“Ireland have got Georgia and Germany come here. If Scotland can win then it really opens the door. So we’ll see how it goes.”
Lambert is a Champions League winner with German side Dortmund and won 40 caps playing for his country and he has warned Germany are in much better shape compared to the side that Scotland lost 2-1 to a year ago.
“Germany are probably the best team, “he said. They are probably going to win the group but you never know.
“I saw them in their first game after the World Cup against Argentina in Dusseldorf. They were well beaten that day and looked like a team who were suffering from their World Cup winning-exertions.
“Lahm, Mertersacker and Klose had retired.
“The difference now is they’ve had a pre-season, they are fresh and look a totally different team from the one that I seen.
“It’ll be a great atmosphere at Hampden. Scotland will probably have to punch above their weight. “They’ve got a chance. It’s a one-off game.
“It was always going to be a difficult group to qualify from but in any given game you can win a game of football.”