Former Liverpool defender insists Slovakia are not scared of Scotland



Martin Skrtel insists Slovakia are not scared of taking on Scotland in a crunch World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

The national team captain does not expect to match the 3-0 victory that they collected against Gordon Strachan’s team last October but is still confident of claiming at least a point in the Group F clash.

The Fenerbahce defender said: “The home match against Scotland was very good, we put on a good performance and scored three goals but each match is different

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“Now we have to play them on their ground and it will be a difficult match, but I am convinced that we can win if we play our best.

“We certainly do not have to be afraid but on the other hand we should be humble, modest and, at the same time, self-confident.”

The former Liverpool centre-half added: “We know from previous matches that this team has it’s own quality and I believe we will be able to handle this match.

“The Scots are in good shape, they have good players, but the same is true of us.

“We are ready to fight and do everything to get a good result.”

Striker Adam Nemec, meanwhile, admits the clash at Hampden will effectively determine which country finishes second in the group.

Jan Kozak’s side are in the driving seat with a one point advantage over both Slovenia and Scotland ahead of the penultimate group match.

The Dinamo Bucharest player said: “It is a key game for us and the Scots.

“Both teams will go on to the pitch hoping to win. At this moment we have it in our own hands and I believe we will succeed in the decisive match.”