Snodgrass eyes big win

Serbia scalp on Scotland agenda

Snodgrass: Three points against Serbia would top the week off

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Robert Snodgrass hopes Scotland can open their World Cup campaign with victory over Serbia and cap a memorable week for him.

The Glaswegian, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Friday, scored his first Premier League goal for Norwich following his close-season move from Leeds in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham at the weekend.

Now he is focusing on getting maximum points against the Serbs before the visit of Macedonia next Tuesday night.

"Not so much turning 25," the former Livingston player smiled when asked about the potential for a great week.

"I'm getting older but I am getting more experienced by playing down south and scoring and just being here with the squad is good.

"But for us to pick up maximum points would top it all off.

"Everyone is raring to go and there would be no better way than kicking off the campaign with a win at Hampden.

"We wouldn't be here if we didn't think we would get maximum points from both games and we will approach both games looking to win them.

"Brazil is what all the lads are driving towards and it will take hard work and endeavour.

"Saturday will be the massive test for us to see if all the hard work is paying off."


Steven Naismith insists confidence is high in the Scotland camp despite competing in one of the toughest groups in World Cup qualifying.

"If you look at the lower pots, we've probably got the tougher teams in each category," he said.

"Then you come to the top pot and every nation has got real quality.

"We have got a tough group but we have shown in the games in the last two or three years what we can do.

"Against Spain at home we got beat 3-2 but it was more of a mistake rather than being cut open.

"We are confident. We are not under any illusions that there are going to be any easy games.

"It's going to be tough but we are capable."

Naismith is relishing the chance to play football again after spending most of

last season on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

But despite his summer switch to the Premier League with Everton, following his departure from Rangers, the midfielder says no one's place in the national team is guaranteed.

Naismith said: "The one thing that is noticeable is the competition for places is really strong. That can only be good.

"You need to be at your best for your club and you need to be at your best in training when you're with the national team to be in with a chance of being selected."