Updated Thursday, 7th October 2010
There is no room for complacency as the Under 21s take on Iceland tonight
Scotland Under-21 coach Billy Stark insists it would be foolish to underestimate the threat posed by Iceland ahead of the two-leg European Championships play-off. The draw was probably the best outcome for the young Scots, with fans no doubt expecting them to overcome their opponents and end a 15-year absence from the finals. But, as far as Stark is concerned, the facts speak for themselves. Iceland have drafted several full internationals back into the under-21 squad to boost their own chances, including Gylfi Sigurdsson, who signed for Hoffenheim for a reported £7million in the summer.
Stark said: "I don't think underestimation is anywhere in the equation - you would have to be pretty stupid. They have a guy who has just transferred for £7million and we don't have anyone in that category. They have guys playing in the Bundesliga, the Dutch league, the Belgian league and doing particularly well. They have a sense of unity as well and maybe feel they are part of the best generation of Icelandic players that they've had. That gives them a lift and confidence and we have to show the confidence and belief that we have shown in the qualifying campaign. We have done exceptionally well to get to this stage. I think we've got a really good opportunity and I think Iceland feel it's an even better opportunity for them. They will feel they've got the draw they wanted. We can't complain but we certainly won't think about under-estimating them."
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