Scotland Could Get A Boost From Under 21s

By Ed_ScottishFitba
Last updated : 03 September 2010
Wotherspoon congratulatedPaul Caddis is hopeful that he and his Under 21 teammates can lift the dark cloud hanging over Scottish football at the moment. iScotland will be assured a place in the play-offs for the UEFA Under-21 Championship if they pick-up four points from their final two group games against Belarus and Austria. Billy Stark's men, who face Belarus in Borisov tonight, could also make it to the two-legged play-offs if they finish second with enough points. And skipper Caddis is keen to ensure some good news on the international front for Scotland after interest in the Europa League ended in August. The Swindon defender said: "Scottish football is getting a bit of bad press just now because of Celtic, Dundee United, Motherwell and Hibs all going out of Europe so early. Hopefully we can pick Scottish football up a bit by qualifying."

The right-back feels Scotland have the understanding and form to put on a solid display in Belarus. He said: "
If you look at the start of the campaign, there are now a lot more boys playing regular first-team football, which helps with match sharpness and confidence. We are going over there to win the game but first and foremost we don't want to concede and we'll take things from there. Every game has been the same back four expect for one when Paul Hanlon was injured. We have had a regular midfield as well but the boys who have come in have done just as well, we are all in it together."

Caddis is one of the players who is playing more often following his summer move to the County Ground. He said: "
It's regular football - the good thing about the league is that it's games every week and usually two games every week. It's football non-stop and I'm enjoying my football. It's a surprisingly good standard. There are a lot of good players, we have a couple of players who have played in the Premiership, David Prutton being the most obvious one. You play against good players - I played against Luke Chadwick last week - so it's a tough league. I maybe feel more worthy of being the captain now that I'm playing. Obviously I wasn't playing much at Celtic. I've got a lot to thank Billy for picking me as captain to start with and I'm always willing to do a job for him."
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