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Andy Walker: ‘Scotland will create chances against England in World Cup qualifier but must be clinical’


ANDY WALKER is convinced Scotland will create plenty of chances against England – but admits they will have to be ‘ruthless’ and ‘clinical’ to see off the Auld Enemy.

Walker believes Gordon Strachan’s men will take confidence from the opportunities they enjoyed in the 3-0 defeat at Wembley in November, and reckons they could carve out even more at Hampden.

And the former Celtic and Bolton Wanderers marksman insists that, in James Morrison, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Fraser, the Scots have the players to capitalise and give the Tartan Army a night to remember.

He said: “We don’t score a lot of goals, Scotland, and I know we lost at Wembley against England, but we have to take the positives from that and say that we did create chances against a really good team.

“We’ve got a goal threat. Morrison has scored at Wembley [in the 2013 friendly] and I think he’ll play. Stuart Armstrong had a fantastic season and he’s a real goal threat.

“And I imagine Gordon will go for someone of Ryan Fraser’s ability.

“He’s made a really good impact this season with Bournemouth, he’s created a number of goals and scored one or two himself, and he knows what it’s like to be up against the absolute quality full-backs that England have.


“But we will get chances. We’re at home and as long as we defend really well I have absolutely no doubt that we’ll create, if not the same amount of chances as we did at Wembley, maybe one or two more.

“It’s just so important that we’re ruthless and we’re clinical, and we take a chance when it comes along – and we’ve certainly got a goal threat.”

Walker is also hopeful that home advantage could make a difference in front of what he hopes will be a noisy Tartan Army.

The Scotland cap added to Sky Sports: “This time, we’ll have the best part of 50,000 people behind the Scottish players, and we have to try to use that.

“We have to generate a really good atmosphere and try to make a positive start.”

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