Dailly confident of Scotland's chances

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Christian Dailly wants to extend his world record of Under-21 caps to thirtysomething, and insists Scotland have nothing to fear in the last eight of the European Under-21 Championship.

The Dundee United player collected his 30th cap at Under-21 level as Tommy Craig's side chalked up a seventh successive win in Group Eight with Tuesday's 1-0 victory over San Marino.

Scotland go into today's quarter-final draw with the likes of Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Hungary among the possible opponents in a two-legged tie next spring.

"With the talent we have available at the moment we should go anywhere with a bit of confidence," Dailly said

"I've looked at the results and you realise that nations like Russia and Greece, who we beat home and away, Holland and England have not made it.

"There are no soft touches, but we have beaten Portugal and France in recent years at this level and with the squad that Tommy Craig has we know we will attack wherever we go."

Away wins in Greece and Russia were the key factors in guiding Scotland through after a shock defeat in the first game in Finland last autumn.

Dailly missed out on the quarter-finals and semi-finals four years ago when Scotland beat Germany but lost out to Sweden. Now he hopes to add to his cap record before being ineligible.

"I was injured around that time, the only period I've been out of the Under-21 squad," he said. "I'm delighted to have won 30 caps and I'd like to get it to 32 in the quarter-finals - and then take it from there.

"There is going to be a lot of competition for places because Tommy has used a number of players already and everyone wants to stay involved."

Craig, in fact, has selected 43 youngsters for squads and used 34 in the campaign. Oldham's Scott McNiven won his first cap at Firhill but it was soured by a red card for two bookings 33 minutes after coming on at half-time. In the end it took a Vittorio Valentini own goal to defeat the all-out defence of San Marino.

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