Kenny Miller believes Scotland can win Euro 2024 qualifying group

A win in Cyprus would set the team up for a historic campaign.

Kenny Miller is confident that Scotland can defeat Cyprus in Larnaca on Friday, and then target qualification for Euro 2024 as group winners.

Wins over the Cypriots, Spain, Norway and Georgia have Scotland top of the pile at the halfway stage but a place at next year’s finals is not yet secured.

A victory on Friday night would see Steve Clarke’s side on the verge of completing their primary aim of finishing in the top two and former Scotland striker Miller says it’s well within reach. But Miller says seeing off group favourites Spain to go through as winners would be the next target.

“We can get the three points against Cyprus,” he said. “That puts us in a [great place] with three games to go, I think it has to be the goal.

“Qualification’s the main thing. But if you’re sitting five wins out of five and the only team to probably come and take it (Spain), you’ve already beaten and beaten pretty well, I think, at home.

“It wasn’t a proper dominating and convincing win, but I think we fully deserved the win against Spain at home.

“So it puts us in a position where you don’t need to go and win every game, and you’re in a position that you know exactly what you’re going to be facing. The belief, the confidence, everything is flowing through the squad at the moment.

“I think this team, that will be the mentality, I think they will be looking, if they get the result on Friday, they’ll have one eye that they could top this group.”

Fellow former Scotland cap Tom Boyd was a little more cautious, saying Scotland are in a good place but his experience told him that focusing on one step at a time, and remembering disappointing campaigns of the past, had him feeling nervous as the goal gets closer.

“Maybe it’s my personality that there’s always that wee bit of trepidation in terms of going into games like this,” he said. “We’ve had so many banana skins and we’ve slipped on quite a few occasions.

“There’s so many examples of us being beat by the teams languishing near the bottom half of the table. You know, for whatever reason we’ve failed to get some victories.

“So this is one of those ones where we’ve got to make sure that we take advantage of the position that we find ourselves in.”

STV News is now on WhatsApp

Get all the latest news from around the country

Follow STV News
Follow STV News on WhatsApp

Scan the QR code on your mobile device for all the latest news from around the country

WhatsApp channel QR Code