Dailly Determined About Scots Chances

HAMMERS star Christian Dailly remains upbeat about Scotland's chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

Walter Smith's squad travel to Oslo to face Norway on Wednesday and they will be without the 31-year-old midfielder after he picked up a caution for a foul on Francesco Totti in the 1-1 draw with Italy on Saturday.

And although the Scots are five points adrift of second place Norway with just three games remaining in Group Five, Dailly is defiant.

He said: "If winning in Norway is what we have to do then we will do it.

"If we can win in Norway and then beat Belarus at home we will still be in a good position to qualify.

"With Norway winning we have to beat them in Oslo to give ourselves a chance. It's going to be a tough task to go there and get a result.

"But we've taken plenty of confidence from the performance on Saturday and we're really determined.

"The spirit and togetherness amongst the boys is brilliant. It's almost like a club team and that's pretty rare at international level when you only join up with the squad a few times a season.

"There's a great feeling around the team and hopefully that will see us through."

Christian does admit that being suspended for the Norway game is a big blow.

"Not being able to play in Norway is hard to take," he added. "To be honest, I couldn't remember getting the first booking, but even if I knew that I was on a caution it wouldn't have stopped me tackling Totti.

"There's so much at stake in these games you can't afford to hold back. I didn't realise that I would be suspended until after I walked off. But I'm sure the boys can still do it in Norway."