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Stark tips young Scots to shine

Jamie Murphy (right) celebrates his goal with Scotland team-mate Scott Arfield
The young Scots were rampant in the 4-0 win over Azerbaijan

Billy Stark has tipped his Scotland Under-21 side to book their place at 2011 European Championship.

The Scots hammered Azerbaijan 4-0 on Saturday in Baku and sit top of Group 10 with 12 points from five games.

"I'm thrilled because we were spot-on in everything we did," said Stark, whose side next host Azerbaijan in March in the campaign.

"This also gives our boys a bit more in the way of belief we can qualify. That might be the most important factor."

A Jamie Murphy double and goals from Scott Arfield and Rory Loy gave Stark's side an impressive win in Baku.

Murphy converted Chris Maguire's through-ball in the 26th minute and Arfield headed home a Barry Bannan cross 10 minutes later.

And the Motherwell striker sprinted clear of the home defence to grab his second goal nine minutes after the interval before substitute Rory Loy completed the rout.

The Scots, who are two points ahead of second-placed Austria in Group 10, conclude their campaign against the Austrians and Belarus in September.

"It's unfortunate we don't have a game for a while but it will certainly make Austria and Belarus sit up and take notice because both of them found it extremely difficult here," said Stark.

"Once we got into the groove our passing was good and we had some very impressive passages of play.

"It's a pity we don't play until March now but if we were to beat Azerbaijan in our next game at home we would be in a very good position to make the play-offs."

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Azerbaijan U21 0-4 Scotland U21
15 Nov 09 |  Internationals

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