Levein issues rallying call to fans

11 August 2011 07:00

Craig Levein watched his Scotland side beat Denmark for the first time since 1975 in their friendly at Hampden Park and then called for the Tartan Army to make next month's crunch Euro 2012 qualifying clash with Czech Republic one of the great nights at the famous old stadium.

On a sodden night in the south side of Glasgow, 17,582 fans turned up to see Robert Snodgrass' first international goal in his first start give Scotland a narrow 2-1 victory and boost hopes ahead of the upcoming qualifying double-header against the Czechs and Lithuania.

"I think the supporters recognise it is going to be a great occasion and the ticket sales are really good," he said. "I would encourage anybody who is thinking about coming long to please come along and give us your support."

He added: "I think about the game against Spain last year, the atmosphere within the stadium, and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

"The supporters did brilliantly tonight but multiply that by two and a half or three times and it does make a big difference.

"I think everybody has to see evidence of things getting better and if we can keep improving and the players believe it then we will have a big chance.

"I am confident that we are capable of beating Czech Republic and I know we will play in the same manner and run ourselves in to the ground to win the game, I know that and it is a big thing to have in your armoury."

Levein, who revealed that Scott Brown's ankle injury which forced him off in the first half was a "one or two out of 10" in terms of severity, was pleased for Snodgrass and young stopper Danny Wilson.

He said: "Him and Danny did very well. The purpose of this was to see if they could handle this type of game and they passed with flying colours.

"I'm delighted for Robert to score a goal and for Danny to play in a defence which lost only one goal against a top, top side."

Source: PA

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