McGregor: We are the underdogs

  • Last Updated: August 12 2013, 14:37 BST

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor believes Scotland will be the underdogs in their friendly with England at Wembley on Wednesday but has backed his team-mates to give a good account of themselves.

Allan McGregor: Ready for England test
Allan McGregor: Ready for England test

The Hull keeper is part of Gordon Strachan's squad going into the game which is the first between England and Scotland since 1999 when the Tartan Army won 1-0 at Wembley but went out 2-1 on aggregate in a Euro 2000 qualifying play-off tie.

McGregor told a press conference he felt the game was a big occasion because of the gap since the last one was played.

"Because it has been such a long time it will be (a big occasion) for the fans and for the players," said McGregor.

"We will be underdogs in every sense of the word."

But despite the underdogs tag McGregor felt Scotland could take the game to England.

"It's how you treat the game and how well you do."

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee said he would always treat scoring against England as a highlight of his playing career even though he had won the European Cup with Aberdeen.

McGhee, who also won domestic honours as a player, admitted he could understand how some players might view the England game in a different light.

"I still measure the highlight of my career as being the game I played against England," he told a news conference.

"(Despite) All the leagues and cups and European Cup that I won the highlight of my career was the goal I scored against England."

McGhee added: "The modern players are exposed to such highs of performance and competition these days that there is a danger that something like this isn't as important but I think as the game goes on when they get the feeling of being in the stadium it will start to dawn on people of how important the game is."

McGhee added that he hoped the Scotland players made the most of an opportunity to play at Wembley.

"The fact they are getting an opportunity to play at Wembley, which not many do, playing against England at Wembley it's a fantastic stage to play on," he said.

"Many friendlies don't have any edge but I think that this one does."

McGhee also confirmed Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt is out of the friendly.


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