Euro 2008

We'll play for kicks - Miller

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Miller: Expecting physical battle with Italians

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Kenny Miller has warned Italy to expect a bruising encounter with Scotland in Saturday's crunch Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden.

"We respect them for the good players that they are but at the end of the day if you have to kick them, you kick them."

Kenny Miller

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Alex McLeish's side need a victory in their last Group B game against the World Cup holders to ensure qualification for Austria and Switzerland.

Much has been made of Roberto Donadoni's Italy squad but Miller, who scored in a 1-1 draw with Italy in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden just over two years ago, insists the Scots will not be standing on ceremony.

He said: "We respect them for the good players that they are but at the end of the day if you have to kick them, you kick them.

"They are not too good to be touched and that's the way we have to approach the game and that's what has brought us our success over the last few years.


"It's a huge game but it's not any different from any other. We are not going to give them special treatment.

"You have to try to put your stamp on a game and get the upper hand.

"And if that means putting a few tackles in and upsetting a few people then that's what you do.

"We will look to play with a high tempo. Look at the start of the Ukraine game the last time we played at Hampden, the lads were up for it from the start.


"We were 2-0 up after 10 minutes which gave us a great foothold in the game and ultimately it got us a result so we have to do that again."

Miller admits that a goalless scoreline approaching the last 20 minutes of Saturday's match in Glasgow would suit Scotland perfectly.

"The most important thing for us is that we don't give any silly goals away early doors and then have to chase the game because then you can get hurt by teams of that quality," the Derby striker said.

"So if it is goalless going into the last 15 to 20 minutes then we will definitely be happy with that.

"At that time we will be throwing everything at them trying to get the winner.

"But although a point is probably enough for them there is no way they will expect to come to get a 0-0 - they will be coming here to win the game."