Levein wary of next task
Scotland boss Craig Levein insists his side will give Macedonia due respect as they look to claim their first World Cup qualifying win.
Last Updated: 10/09/12 4:31pm
Scotland boss Craig Levein insists his side will give Macedonia due respect as they look to claim their first World Cup qualifying win on Tuesday night.
The Tartan Army's first Group A encounter against Serbia at Hampden Park ended in a goalless draw, prompting an unfavourable response from many newspapers and pundits.
Levein has already hit out at the press for their "hysterical reaction" and was quick to underline the toughness of a pool which also features Belgium, Croatia and Wales.
Scotland's road to Brazil 2014 continues when they play host to Macedonia and the manager has warned not to expect an easy ride against the visitors, who beat them in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
Levein said: "It is interesting, if we win and other results go our way we could be top of the group and all of a sudden the point becomes important and who knows, come the end of the tournament it might be the one that makes all the difference.
"Maybe some people don't understand the quality of teams we are playing against.
"We did a lot of work on Serbia, we looked at their strengths and weaknesses and we knew we were in for a tough game on Saturday.
"Tonight, we will look at Macedonia and analyse how they play.
"We have to give them respect, if you look at their recent results they have performed exceptionally well and should have got a point against Croatia the other night.
"We have had our own troubles with Macedonia in the past so this will be a tough match for us, a different type of game but I am looking forward to it.
"We have players who didn't hit peak form at the weekend and they are determined to put that right on Tuesday night."
Levein, speaking at Scotland's Mar Hall training base on the outskirts of Glasgow, joked about the less than complimentary reaction in the media to the new tinted glasses he was wearing in the technical area at the weekend.
He said: "More than anything else, what has really annoyed me in the last couple of days has been self-acclaimed experts - I mean what do they know about glasses?"