Dailly: Hopes Are High

Christian Dailly, last season's only ever-present first team player, says that being surrounded by youth can help both his domestic and international career this campaign.

28-year-old Christian, who played in all 38 Premiership matches and four cup matches in 2001-02, took over the Scotland captaincy from the injured Don Hutchison in the summer, and says: "The ambition is to hopefully build on last season. We won't be making any rash predictions or anything but we want to hopefully build on what we did last in the last campaign.

"We would love to make Europe and will give it our best shot.

"We have got a lot of young lads and everyone is a year older, a year fitter, and a year stronger - and hopefully that will stand us in good stead this season.

"As for Scotland, Bertie Vogts has been absolutely brilliant and we have got a young side there as well, so hopefully we can keep building."

Meanwhile, congratulations to Glen Johnson, who played for England under-19s against Germany in a 3-3 draw on Monday night in Norway in the European Championships.

England were leading 3-2 but conceded an equaliser with three minutes to go.