Steven Naismith claims Scotland's resurgence can only be gauged next year
Steven Naismith admits Scotland will not be seen at their best until the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers next year.
Last Updated: 13/11/13 5:41pm
Scotland's campaign to reach next year's World Cup finals was over almost as quickly as it started but three wins from their last four matches brought the feel-good factor back to the Tartan Army.
And now Naismith is looking to take the progression to the next level when qualification for Euro 2016 begins next September.
Speaking ahead of Friday's friendly against the USA at Hampden and next Tuesday's trip to Oslo to face Norway, the Everton striker said: "These games are important for our momentum.
"The squad is getting to the mid-to-late 20s stage and you have to be hitting your peak at some point and that has to come from now.
"We have started from a good base and it has got to continue. The results we have had have been brilliant. We have moved on a long way but the real test will be when the Euros start and we have to be ready for that.
"Yes, it was very disappointing that we couldn't qualify for Brazil. We don't want to be in a team that is one of the first to be knocked out of the qualifiers, so there is a lesson to be learned.
"There is a bit of wait until the Euro qualifiers begin and that is the disappointing thing for the squad and the manager.
"But overall, we have to keep this momentum going with good results. We have two tough games coming up that we need to be on song.
"They are not just friendly games, everything goes towards your ranking as well so there is always something to play for."
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