Jonuz - Scots fear Pandev

Diving saga takes another twist

Pandev: Not a diver

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Macedonia coach Mirsad Jonuz says Scotland are running scared of Goran Pandev after branding him a diver.

When the issue of diving came up in the aftermath of Eduardo being handed a two-game ban, Scotland assistant Terry Butcher claimed the officials at Hampden Park on Saturday will have to keep an eye on Macedonia forward Pandev.

George Burley's side take on Macedonia in a must-win World Cup qualifier, and opposition coach Jonuz believes putting pressure on the referee to keep an eye on Pandev means Scotland fear the striker.

"It is wrong to compare him with Eduardo," he said. "He is a different type of player, he doesn't want to simulate.

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"He is a big professional and always plays honestly. I think Scotland are afraid of him because Pandev is very dangerous and he could score.

"Anyone can say what they want about Pandev but I know him as a player and as a man and he always acts correctly and never simulates.

"He is a good player, he has shown that in the qualification games and against Spain and there has only been one penalty for us in that time.

"I think the Scottish players respect him because he can decide the match in just one move."