Dons boss rues Scotland ranking for Brazil in 2014
ABERDEEN manager Craig Brown today insisted that Scotland will find it hard to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.
The Scots go into tonight’s qualifying draw in Rio in pot four, alongside footballing minnows Albania, Lithuania and Georgia.
And Brown, who was the last boss to take the Dark Blues to a major tournament at the 1998 World Cup in France, believes the national team will have their work cut out whoever they are drawn with.
“Going into pot four is always going to be hard,” he said.
“But that’s where Scotland are sitting in the world rankings just now.
“Gone are the days when everybody used to expect us to be at the World Cups and European Championships.
“I was lucky enough to be at five major finals in the space of 12 years with Scotland.
“But Craig Levein is building a good side and I have high hopes for them qualifying for next year’s Euros. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long to be at the next big tournament.”
Scotland assistant boss Peter Houston admitted that he wants an easier group rather than household names coming to Glasgow.
“We’ve had some glamour names at Hampden,” said Houston.
“I want the easiest group that we can possibly get, because I want to qualify.
“When you look at pot one you have the usual teams there, but now there are teams like Norway and Greece.
“Let’s be honest, you want to have a better chance and what do we have a better chance of doing, beating Spain or beating Norway or Greece or teams like that?
“So it would be foolish to say: ‘bring Spain back here’.
“I wouldn’t like to name teams. But the World Cup is where we want to be and hopefully the draw is kinder than in the past.”