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Collins: Win is very important

John Collins believes Scotland will be desperate to continue building 'momentum' against Nigeria tonight as they seek the perfect preparation for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The Africans have more immediate goals as they warm up for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, but Gordon Strachan's outfit will head for Fulham's Craven Cottage this evening looking to extend an impressive five-match unbeaten sequence.

Collins, a firm advocate of controlled passing football as both player and manager, has also been enthused by the style of play instilled by Strachan as the national team sets its sights on qualification for its first major tournament since 1998.

The former Scotland midfielder said: "This will be the last game before the qualifying matches begin, so it's a chance for Gordon Strachan and his team to look at some of the players that have done well this season.

"Gordon took over in January of last year and I think he needs to be given enormous credit. Results have picked up and progress is clearly being made. The team have a bit of momentum, and that's not something we have always been lucky enough to have.

"Gordon has vast experience and in his day he was an excellent footballer. He likes his teams to get hold of the ball and pass it. You won't see any kick and chase play, that's not his style. Keeping the ball better has been a real plus, because if you give the ball away in international football you'll get punished. It's been working for them, they look like they have a shape and system that suits the squad."

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