Dons boss rues Scot­land rank­ing for Brazil in 2014

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FORE! - By An­thony Joseph

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.”

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