Scotland will ‘never’ have a better chance of qualifying for the World Cup as the ex-star talks about the club’s form effect


Kris Commons insists Scotland will never have a better chance of ending their World Cup hoodoo.

We could take a big step towards our first final since 1998 with a win against Ukraine tonight, setting up a play-off final with Wales.

The 12-time cap winger is delighted we’re not facing a big nation like we did in the Euro play-offs against England and Wales.

And that gives him the belief that Steve Clarke’s men can fight their way through both links.

He even believes that we have the best team of the three teams.

Write in the Daily Express, Commons said: “We’ve waited over 20 years for a moment like this since France 98 and I honestly think we couldn’t ask for a better chance of reaching a World Cup.

“Look at some of our previous play-offs. We lost to England in a bid to reach Euro 2000 and then Holland in a bid to reach Euro 2004.

“These are two teams that you would classify as the heavyweights of European football. We were always going to come up against them.

“But that’s not what we’re dealing with here. We’re trying to work our way through two games with Ukraine and Wales.

“They are two teams on a similar level to ours. In fact, if you take Gareth Bale out of the equation, I actually think Scotland have the best players of all three teams.

“They are both eminently beatable opponents. It is time for Scotland to deliver and realize the potential they have shown under Steve Clarke and continue to progress together.”

Another thing that gives the former Celtic man confidence is the fact that Scotland have so many players playing at the top of their game with their clubs.

Andy Robertson may have lost the Champions League final with Liverpool but has just won a double cup season.

And there are many others who have achieved a lot lately.

Commons added: “I look across the squad and see players who should be brimming with confidence after enjoying some great seasons at club level.

“It starts with our skipper Andy Robertson. I know he will be disgusted to have lost the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday night.

“But you still have to recognize what an outstanding season Liverpool have had. They actually came within two games of winning the quadruple.

“I also watch Callum McGregor and some of the other Celtic boys. They will be buzzing after winning a league title and playing brilliant football.

“Then you have Craig Gordon who has just been voted Scottish football writers’ player of the year. He has been in the shape of his life and just keeps getting better with age.

“Ryan Christie has just been promoted to the Premier League with Bournemouth, as has Scott McKenna with Nottingham Forest.

“John McGinn has cemented his reputation as one of the Premier League’s finest central midfielders after another brilliant season with Aston Villa.”

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