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Burley targeting win over Norway

Burley targeting win over Norway

WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING GROUP NINE
Scotland v Norway
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Saturday, 11 October Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Sport website. Highlights on Sportscene, BBC One Scotland @ 2150 BST
Scotland manager George Burley
Burley says his squad are in "good spirits" ahead of Saturday's clash

Scotland manager George Burley says victory over Norway at Hampden on Saturday would boost their chances of making the World Cup finals.

Burley told BBC Sport that six points from his side's opening three games in Group Nine would be a fine return.

"We're coming off a good three points over in Iceland, but I think it's a big game for both countries," he said.

"If we can manage to get a win then that would take us onto six points to their one. It's a crucial game."

Burley said his players were in "good spirits" after last month's win away in Iceland.

"The home games are always key. Our next game, of course, will be away to Holland and that'll be very difficult," he said.

"We're in good spirits after our win in Iceland and we're looking forward to Saturday.

"We've had one or two call-offs, but we've got a couple of training sessions ahead of the game and we're formulating a team. I haven't definitely decided on it yet. We'll have a look at a few things."

The Scotland manager said he had been impressed by how well Rangers full-back Kirk Broadfoot had adjusted to the challenges of playing for the national side in his debut against Iceland.

"He defended very well, made a number of good overlapping runs and scored a cracking header from a corner

"So, he can be well-pleased and I'm sure he'll be looking forward, if selected, to the big game on Saturday."

Going forward, in Iversen and Carew, and the left-back, Riise, they are very much a threat
Scotland manager George Burley

Burley was non-committal on who would play up front in the absence of the injured Kenny Miller, but said he was delighted with the competition for places in the striking department.

The Scotland manager then warned that Norway would be dangerous opponents at Hampden, after their 2-2 draw with Iceland.

"They might be coming to Hampden thinking they may have to win the game to give themselves a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup finals," he said.

"Going forward, in (Steffan) Iversen and (John) Carew, and the left-back, (John Arne) Riise, they are very much a threat. So we've got to be wary of that, but I think we can give them problems too."

Burley has chosen Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to captain the side in the absence of Barry Ferguson and Stephen McManus and the manager believes the 24-year-old can lead the team to success.

"Darren has been an outstanding player for Scotland for a number of years," he said.

"At the same time, he has established himself as a regular player for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"Since I took over, his attitude towards playing for his country has been outstanding. He is a player who is always desperate to represent Scotland.

"It is a measure of his talent that at his relatively young age he has achieved so much for his club and will win his 40th cap for his country on Saturday.

"I know he will be very proud to lead the players out. He will do a great job for Scotland."

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