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Saturday 10 December 2016

Scotland on road to finals in France: Naismith

Steven Naismith
Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith believes Scotland are "definitely on track" for France 2016 following their 1-1 draw in Dublin on Saturday.

Gordon Strachan's side stay two points ahead of Ireland but two behind Germany, who thrashed Gibraltar 7-0 in Faro, and three behind leaders Poland, who beat Georgia 4-0. The next qualification double-header for the Scots is a trip to Georgia on September 4 followed by the visit of the world champions to Hampden Park.

"We are definitely on track," said the Everton forward Naismith. "I have said throughout the campaign that if you win your games at home and take points away from home then you are not going to be far away.

"That (result) comes into that category, especially going 1-0 down as well. It was a good away draw that gets us a point and Ireland obviously didn't get the three points at home.

"For the ability in both squads it wasn't a great game to be involved in, there wasn't a lot of good play.

"When we got the ball our passing wasn't good enough. It became a vicious cycle, as they got forward and we were punished for it - although the goal was offside. We changed it at half-time and came out and showed a lot more heart and were more in their faces, which got us the goal. So overall, taking four points from the two games against Ireland, you have got be happy."

Winger Ikechi Anya said: "For the Irish not to get the three points and jump above us, it could prove to be a massive point. We've got Georgia next and then the big one against Germany at home and, if we can get a good return from those games, we'll be in a good position."

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