Georgia coach tells Scots they face fight
Georgia coach Klaus Toppmoller has challenged Scotland to show their attacking credentials in tonight's European Championship qualifier in Tbilisi. Scotland lead the group with two matches to play but much of their success so far, especially on their travels, has been built on a solid defence and hitting on the break. Alex McLeish's side need four points from their last two matches against Georgia and Italy at Hampden to qualify for the finals in Austria and Switzerland next summer. Toppmoller, like most people, accepts that the Scots' best chance of making a major finals for the first time since 1998 rests on taking three points in the Boris Paichadze stadium before looking for a draw at home against the World Cup holders. However, the German, who will give 17-year-old goalkeeper Georgi Makaridze his debut, also knows Scotland may have to be more offensive than normal if they are to get the win they crave. He said: 'Scotland have a good defence. 'But they must attack because they have to get the three points against us so that they will be able to qualify with one point against Italy. 'So we will see how they play when they have to attack during a game to get the three points.' Scotland's tactics may well be altered given that Makaridze will be starting in front of a full-house in Tbilisi. The fourth-choice Dinamo Tbilisi keeper will take over from number one Georgi Lomaia, who had a nightmare in the 2-0 defeat in Italy. But Toppmoller could hardly have shown any more confidence in the young keeper. 'He is the greatest talent that I have ever coached,' the German said. 'In two years, he will be playing for a big club in Europe - who knows, maybe after this game? 'He has been fantastic in training and I think he will have a great career ahead of him. 'Great players like Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff were playing at 17. 'It doesn't matter that he has not been playing for his first team. If a player is quality then he will play well.'