Steven Naismith sure Scotland will 'get results'


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Steven Naismith believes that Scotland are in better form than they have been in years as they prepare to start their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Scotland host Serbia on Saturday and Macedonia three days later, and the Everton forward senses a new confidence in the squad.

"Nobody can deny that there has been a lot of progress made from where the national squad was before [Craig Levein] took over," Naismith said yesterday.

Group A also contains Belgium and Wales – who play at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening – and Croatia. "The group we've got is going to be tough but we think we can get results," Naismith said. "There is enough experience along with youth in the squad to compete against anybody. You've got to be confident – if you're not confident, you shouldn't be in the squad and that's the bottom line."

David Meyler is desperate to shine if he makes an overdue international debut for the Republic of Ireland in Kazakhstan on Friday. "Suffering two serious injuries in the last two years, obviously it's vital I make an impression," Meyler said. "I obviously want to stay here. I don't want to be called up and never get the call again so I have to take every training session like it's my last."