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Last Updated: Monday, 13 October, 2003, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Vogts curses luck of draw
Berti Vogts
Berti Vogts knows the draw will please Dick Advocaat
Scotland boss Berti Vogts described facing the Netherlands as one of the toughest tests his side could have been given in Monday's Euro 2004 play-offs draw.

The tie brings back memories of Archie Gemmill's goal - voted the best ever by a Scot - in the 1978 World Cup victory over the Dutch.

But Scotland must this time overcome a star-studded side coached by former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat, who was granted his dream of a return to Hampden Park.

And Vogts told BBC News 24: "This is probably one of the toughest draws in the group, but it is still just two games.

"Anything can happen and we have a chance.

We are underdogs
Scotland manager Berti Vogts
"It will be a good experience for my young side against one of the best teams in Europe, but we are looking forward to it.

"Dick Advocaat knows very well Scottish football, but we know the situation. We are underdogs."

Vogts, who would have preferred to have played the likes of Latvia, Slovenia, Norway or Wales, was also denied his wish of playing the first leg away from home.

"But the team played very well against Germany in Dortmund and we will have to do the same against the Netherlands," he said.

"We had six players missing through injury against Lithuania and hopefully we will have them back against the Netherlands."

While Vogts had hoped for an easier tie, it was the one Advocaat craved, as he not only has an inside knowledge of Scotland's players but enjoyed great times at Hampden with Rangers.

"Normally speaking, they are a team with less qualities than Holland," he said.

"But that doesn't mean that we will win just like that. Remember Ireland, two years ago?"

The Republic prevented the Netherlands qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

But, explaining why he was confident there would be no repeat, Advocaat said: "Because, under my command, we have played 17 international games and lost only once."

He was relieved to have avoided the likes of Spain or Turkey in the draw.

"Turkey are, indeed, a good team and a lot of Turkish people live in Holland," said Advocaat. "The Amsterdam Arena would, in that case, have been half-filled with Turks."

Scotland, who will play hosts on Saturday 15 November and travel to the Amsterdam Arena four days later, have a reasonable record against the Netherlands, having won five, lost five and drawn four of their meetings.

But the last of those victories was in 1982 and the Scots have scored just once in the six meetings since, losing three of those.

The present Netherlands side are as talented as any of the past but have shown their habitual tendency to self-destruct.

Advocaat's team were disappointed to finish behind the Czech Republic in Group 3 and have again been rocked by in-fighting.

The national coach has had recent fallouts with Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen.

Scotland boss Berti Vogts
"We have to fight and we will"



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