Russell urges on Scotland U21s
Last Updated: 09/09/12 4:16pm
Russell: Scotland U21s taking on Austria
Johnny Russell wants Scotland's U21s to have something to show for their European qualifying campaign by securing victory in Austria on Monday.
Scotland's Under-21s are assured of second place behind Group 10 winners Holland ahead of their final game in Altach, near the Swiss border (kick-off 5.30pm BST).
But only the four best runners-up will join the group winners in the play-offs to reach the finals in Israel next summer.
The Scots are unbeaten and defeated Holland on their own turf, but they have drawn four games and need a win to have a realistic chance of progressing. Even then that might not be enough.
Russell said: "We've got one game left and it would be really disappointing if we didn't manage to get in the play-offs, the way we have performed throughout the campaign. It would be a bit of a gutter for us.
"There's no point putting in all that effort and you have nothing to show for it."
The Dundee United striker added: "We are confident. Even against Austria at home we had a few chances and felt we could have gone on and won it.
"We have to win there so that's exactly what we'll be aiming to do.
"We will be going over there attacking and hopefully we get a result and get ourselves into the play-offs."
After seeing James Forrest and Jordan Rhodes promoted to the senior squad, coach Billy Stark has lost Gary Mackay-Steven and now Leigh Griffiths to injury for the final game.
Griffiths scored in Thursday's 3-0 win over Luxembourg but the Scottish Football Association confirmed he had pulled out through injury.
However, Celtic striker Tony Watt scored after coming off the bench at St Mirren Park and Russell is sure they will adapt again.
"It's great credit to the lads that the boys that we have lost, the other boys can step in," he said.
"We've got a great squad with great players.
"We always knew it was going to be difficult and players were going to miss out.
"It's credit to everyone that has stepped in, they have been brilliant."
Scotland go into the final game with 13 points, the same relevant tally as the second-placed team in three other groups.
Other second-placed teams Armenia and Portugal have 14 but face difficult away fixtures while Norway already have 16 but are away to England. Switzerland have 14 and are at home against Estonia.
Slovakia are only on 12 points while Turkey have 15 but their campaign has finished.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Mon 10th Sep - Group One
Belarus U211 - 0San Marino U21
Greece U211 - 0Cyprus U21
Bosnia U214 - 4Germany U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Three
Czech R U215 - 0Wales U21
Montenegro U210 - 0Armenia U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Six
Russia U212 - 2Moldova U21
Poland U210 - 0Portugal U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Nine
Slovakia U216 - 0Kaz'stan U21
Latvia U210 - 4Romania U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Ten
Austria U213 - 2Scotland U21
Lux'bourg U211 - 3Bulgaria U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Seven
Italy U212 - 4Rep Ire U21
Hungary U212 - 0Liec'stein U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Four
Serbia U215 - 1Macedonia U21
Denmark U213 - 0N Ireland U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Two
Sweden U212 - 1Ukraine U21
Lithuania U211 - 3Finland U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Eight
England U211 - 0Norway U21
Belgium U215 - 0Iceland U21
Mon 10th Sep - Group Five
Spain U216 - 0Croatia U21
Switzerland U213 - 0Estonia U21
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