Vogts confident Cameron will be fit for play-off duty

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Berti Vogts, the Scotland manager, is confident Colin Cameron will be available for selection for the first leg of Saturday's Euro 2004 play-off against Holland.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder has been forced out of club action because of a pelvic problem, but Vogts has been reassured by his club manager, Dave Jones, that Cameron will be fit to play.

"Yesterday I spoke with the manager of Wolves at half-time during the Blackburn game," Vogts said. "He told me [Cameron] is fit. I hope he will play but I do not know for sure."

Cameron is the only major doubt ahead of thefirst leg at Hampden Park. The Dundee midfielder Gavin Rae has recovered from a groin problem and the defender Steven Pressley is expected to play despite having to miss training sessions for Hearts because of a similar complaint.

Vogts watched Blackburn beat Everton 2-1 on Monday night and was relieved to see his captain, Barry Ferguson, come through unscathed in the Blackburn midfield along with the Everton pair of Gary Naysmith and James McFadden.

"It was a great night for Scottish football," Vogts said. "Barry was man of the match and James came on to set up a goal.

"I am happy with my players. I am very confident about my players. The Netherlands are a big nation but, especially at Hampden, we can win," he added.

Vogts was born near the Dutch border and admitted: "Always it is a special match for me when we play the Netherlands. I know the mentality and I know the big guys who play for the best clubs all over the world, but the Dutch can play only with 11 players, not more."

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