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Miller insists three wins will seal play-off place

KENNY MILLER believes Scotland can still qualify for Euro 2012 following their battling, if ultimately unrewarded, performance against Spain last night.

Defeat leaves Scotland in third place in Group I, five points behind Spain and two behind Czech Republic, having played a game more. But Miller, reinstated to side after being omitted from the previous match in Prague, is confident all is not lost for Levein and his side.

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“If we can go out and play the way we have played against Spain against the Czech Republic and Lithuania at home I don’t think we have much to fear,” said the Rangers striker. “But it is going to be tough trying to reproduce that kind of performance. The Czechs and Lithuania will be hard but if we can win the two of them and away in Liechtenstein then I don’t think we will be far away from the second spot.”

Darren Fletcher, the Scotland captain, was similarly effusive about his side’s performance but was disappointed that all their efforts were in vain. “Even at 2-0 down we kept going forward,” he said. “So to get back into it and then lose it -- that’s a hard one to take.

“You could say they are the best team in the world, maybe even one of the best teams ever. People will talk about that team for a long time to come but we showed we can compete against them.

“If you have a good team spirit and good appetite for the game, defend well, even ride your luck and you have the fans behind you, then you can create chances against them. But ultimately we’ve lost and that’s disappointing.”

Fletcher praised the efforts of Allan McGregor and feels Craig Gordon may struggle to get his place back when Scotland are next in action. “Allan was different class. He showed he’s one of the best goalkeepers out there with that fantastic performance, just as he showed against the Czech Republic. We’ve got two great goalkeepers so it’s going to be difficult for Craig to get back in as Allan has been fantastic.”

McGregor was modest about his achievements, preferring instead to praise the efforts of his team-mates. “I’ve maybe played better than that just once before but that’s about it,” the Rangers goalkeeper said. “But it’s not about me, it’s about the team.

“Even at 2-0 down the boys were brilliant. They were pressing them, and making chances and then Kenny put a great ball in for Naisy [Steven Naismith] to score our first goal. Our play was really good and I thought we could go on [to win] so it’s a bad one to lose. All the boys are gutted.”

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