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Kenny Dalglish backs Scotland's tactics

Kenny Dalglish celebrates his goal against Spain in 1984

Archive - Dalglish scores against Spain

Scotland's most capped player Kenny Dalglish has defended manager Craig Levein's tactics in Friday's 1-0 defeat by Czech Republic.

Dalglish, who scored 30 goals in 102 games for his country, said Levein's 4-6-0 formation was understandable.

"We've got to be realistic and appraise ourselves honestly. To go there and come that close was a good effort from everyone," he said of the Prague loss.

"The attitude and commitment of the players was fantastic."

Scotland headed to Czech Republic last week with four points after a goalless draw in Lithuania and a last-gasp win against Liechtenstein at Hampden.

But Scotland's negative style, where Levein dropped in-form striker Kenny Miller and deployed six at the back when the Czechs were in possession, upset many members of the Tartan Army.

For the former Celtic and Liverpool star, though, the fans need to have faith in the national team manager.

"If we had taken anything from that game it would have been a very positive step," said Dalglish.


"Craig has been criticised for his tactics but a point would have been fantastic.

"We did make it a little bit harder by not having someone up there we could have released it to.

"But, if we had played two up and got beat 4-0 and tried to be adventurous, he would still have been criticised."

Ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 Group I qualifier against Spain, Dalglish praised the players for following Levein's instructions.

He said: "You could see, from the effort and commitment they put in, the boys were trying to do their best to get something from it.

"Everyone's got to muck in together and I think they did muck in the other night.

It was a fantastic night and it's sad that wee Mo's (Maurice Johnston) two goals have been forgotten!

Kenny Dalglish recalls Scotland's
3-1 win over Spain in 1984

"If the manager says that's how he wants to play, that's what you go with.

"We beat Liechtenstein 2-1 and we still got stick. We were sitting on four points at the top of the group and the manager was still being criticised.

"It doesn't do any good for anybody if you're not realistic."

Speaking at the launch of his book about Liverpool, Dalglish reflected on his final goal for his country, the special left-foot strike against Spain in a World Cup qualifier 26 years ago.

"If you score a goal in an important game and it means something, that in itself adds a little bit of substance to the memory," he said.

"It was a fantastic occasion for everybody, not just for me because I scored, but because we beat Spain 3-1 in a qualifier.

"It was a fantastic night and it's sad that wee Mo's (Maurice Johnston) two goals have been forgotten!"

see also
Levein "sick" after Scotland loss
12 Oct 10 |  Scotland
Scotland 2-3 Spain
12 Oct 10 |  Scotland
Spain ready for negative Scotland
11 Oct 10 |  Scotland
Can Scots avoid Spain pain?
11 Oct 10 |  Scotland

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