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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 October 2007, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Georgian duo wish Scotland well
Zura Khizanishvili and Shota Arveladze
Zura Khizanishvili and Shota Arveladze both played for Rangers
Scotland will have two supporters within the Georgia camp when the countries clash in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Tblisi on Wednesday.

Former Rangers players Zura Khizanishvili and Shota Arveladze want their own side to win but hope the Scots can still go on to qualify.

Arveladze is now retired from international football.

Khizanishvili should play and said: "If I could wish one nation to the finals, outside Georgia, it would be Scotland."

Scotland need four points from their games against Georgia and Italy to ensure a place in Austria and Switzerland, but Alex McLeish's side have surprised Europe by leading Group B.

Khizanishvili believes it is an amazing achievement considering the resources at their disposal.

And the Blackburn defender picked out Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson, with whom he played at Ibrox and Ewood Park, as Scotland's talisman.

I know how good the Scots can be when they're fully concentrated and I'm aware how talented the players are

Levante striker Shota Arveladze

"If you look at the Italian or French team, you can find 20 world-class footballers," said the former Dundee star.

"Scotland probably have only on really great player, though, in Barry Ferguson.

"Barry has played in England, Scotland, in the Champions League and at international level.

"Everybody at Blackburn was surprised when he went back to Glasgow.

"He was played so well that we thought his next club would the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool."

Georgia have been hit by injuries to key players such as AC Milan's Khaka Kaladze and Schalke 04's Levan Kobiashvili.

And their young side lost 2-0 in Italy on Saturday to languish second bottom of the table.

"We aren't in the class of Scotland or Ukraine and, at this time, we are missing so many of our best players," Khizanishvili told Scotland On Sunday.

"But our home crowd plays a big part.

"The stadium was full against Italy and France, with 25,000 more fans locked outside without tickets.

"I think for Wednesday's game it will be the same thing.

"People in Georgia see them at the top of this impossibly difficult group and want to know how they play football."


Like Khizanishvili, the 34-year-old Arveladze, now playing for Levante in Spain, has an affection for Scotland after spending four years in Glasgow.

"Scotland should win, but we are difficult to beat at home and we'll have a lot of fans there," Arveladze told the Sunday Mail.

"I was surprised when Scotland beat France twice, but I haven't been at all shocked by their progress.

"I know how good the Scots can be when they're fully concentrated and I'm aware how talented the players are."

However, Georgia coach Klaus Toppmoller is confident of preventing the Scots claiming another famous win.

"Scotland have had a fantastic campaign and their result against Ukraine came as no surprise to me," he said.

"But we still believe we can get a victory and our heads are not down."

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