West Brom’s Morrison excited ahead of Scotland’s Euro2016 qualifiers

James Morrison believes Scotland have a fantastic opportunity of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships in France.

James Morrison believes Scotland have a fantastic opportunity of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships in France.

The Scots have drawn Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar in Group D of qualifiers which has suggested to West Bromwich Albion midfielder Morrison that perhaps the country could make it to the finals of the first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, coincidentally also in France.

Morrison, who has represented Scotland on 29 occasions, feels Gordon Strachan’s men may just have their best chance in more than a decade to come out the positive side of a qualifying campaign.

“My first reaction to seeing the draw was the games are tough but winnable,” he told the Daily Record.

“If you take away the matches against the Germans we are capable of winning against the rest. What you take from that is excitement and hope.

“I’m not saying we’ll just expect Germany to beat us twice but I’m looking at the rest of the group.

“No one is saying we are going to win the matches but you go in there feeling you can if you play your best and that brings the excitement.

“Over the past few months we have done our homework on opponents and carried out the plans the manager has set for us.

“In doing that we have obtained good results. That means you see the fruits of the hard work and also get real momentum gathering.

“We’ve been building that since the last matches of the World Cup qualifiers and now it is up to us to carry it into the Euro campaign in September.”

Morrison added that it was now down to the players to kick off the campaign against Germany on September 7 in positive fashion.

“Now we know what we have to do, it gets you thinking about what we need to produce in the coming months,” he added.

“It’s all about winning games and keeping up the good work going into the campaign.

“Keeping our best players fit and having them in the squad for each qualifier is vital. The hope and excitement are there, now it’s down to us to do it on the pitch.”

 
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