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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
Scotland back on track?
Scotland secured their first win under Berti Vogts
Scotland record their second win in four days with a 3-1 victory over Canada.

Can the Scots go all the way to Portugal?


A dismal draw in the Faroe Islands in the opening game of the Euro 2004 qualifiers drew criticism from all angles for Berti Vogts and his players.

But a much improved performance saw Gary Naysmith and Christian Dailly score the goals to give Scotland the vital three points against Iceland.

And two goals by Stevie Crawford and one from Stevie Thompson saw Scotland record their first home win under Vogts, against Canada.

Can Berti's boys maintain their winning ways?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.

We played well, and whilst it is true that you can only beat what is put in front of you, Iceland were truly awful. I believe that Farmfoods or Kwiksave may have given us a harder game.
Martin, Scotland

Great performance, but where are the goals going to come from? The defence looked solid (Lee Wilkie was outstanding - which planet is the Glasgow Herald on, which says that he has no pace?), Steven Pressley looked as though he'd been there for years and Christian Dailly looked a different player with the other two taking the pressure off.

Midfield looks OK but desperately needs a little invention...if only we could find a world-class striker we might be able to challenge some of the so-called bigger nations....
GC, Scotland

Finally Berti seems to be putting together a side who possess the pace and movement in midfield and attack needed at this level to trouble teams, rather than the cumbersome strikeforce of Kyle/Dobie which failed miserably in the Faroes.


A win is a win, no matter who it is against
Stewart, UK

Also, in Stephen Pressley we have a defender with a real physical presence, combined with natural leadership which was sorely needed at the back. Hope for the future!
Scott McEleney, Scotland

Well done! A win is a win, no matter who it is against. All games are tough - just look at the England game...are they deemed to be in a crisis now after a miserable 'backs to the wall' game against the Slovaks?
Stewart, UK, London

It did my wee heart good to hear the result. What's all this talk about coming second? Bring on the Huns!! Am I getting carried away? I wish I could be at Hampden, keep up the fighting spirit boys. Cheers and thanks.
Benny Mackin, Australia

Hopefully now the fans and the media will get off Berti's back. Before we started the Euro 2004 campaign we would have settled for four points from the first two games. That's what we've got - albeit not the way we were expecting.

This will now give Scotland some breathing space and it does put us in a good position for at least a play-off. Berti is going to have a very tough time trying to rebuild a squad and needs all the help (and time) he can get.

It's now up to the rest of Scotland to get behind him - this includes the clubs. We need to see more young Scots playing at the top at club level - give Berti some decent players to choose from. It's not all rosy but if we all work hard and pull together we will see light at the end of the tunnel. Come on ye Scots!
Jim, Hong Kong


This result could just prove to be the return of players fighting for and enjoying the jersey again
Dougie Mackay, Netherlands

Fancy Scotland beating the mighty Iceland! I am going to bet my house on the Scots winning the next World Cup!
Andy, New Zealand

Passion and Pride restored. Let's focus on the positive aspects of the Scottish game. We now have five months to bring on our youngsters...anyone else noticed that our U-21s are quietly going about their business and winning as well.
Kevin Lyon, Scotland

You lot are deluding yourselves! One win does not make a team. We've got a long, long way to go before we are back to what we used to be like.
Billy Gallacher, London, UK

The Scottish public (not tabloids) have kept faith in Berti's youth policy for our national game. This result could just prove to be the return of players fighting for and enjoying the jersey again.
Dougie Mackay, Netherlands


There's a long way to Portugal yet
Simon MacKintosh, Canada

Berti and his backroom team must be very proud of the team's competent, professional and highly entertaining performance in Iceland. The players should also be proud of the manner in which they have responded to OTT media criticism.

While we may not win or even qualify for the finals of the current competition, there is clearly now hope for the future. We need to be patient and give all the lads involved the necessary time. We are a fortunate nation to have secured the services of someone who has been there, done it and got the T-shirt.
George Wylie, Scotland

OK, we finally won a game - but let's not get too excited!
Andy Campbell, Scotland

A nice result, but let's not get too excited. There's a long way to Portugal yet. Hope Berti keeps faith with the new boys. That's where the future lies.
Simon MacKintosh, Canada

I enjoyed the match - and especially the result - but one swallow, as they say...

From the commentary, Iceland didn't sound to be on form at all, but perhaps we've a good chance of qualifying for Portugal if we are made underdog for all of the remaining matches!


With Lithuania beating the Faroese, they could also turn out to be a slippery banana skin for everyone
Ronald McKenzie, UK

It's good to see the younger players coming together and playing well after the Brown era. It's only a pity that the likes of Steven Pressley had to wait until he was 29 before making a start to an international.

All the best, boys, for the remaining qualifiers; but win or lose, a few more performances like that can only help make the nation smile. Wee Vogts is the man for the job, so long as we give him the chance, but clubs MUST take the lead by bringing through more Scots players.
John Sinclair, Scotland

Scotland must face the reality: the need to go a long way to qualify for the World Cup in 2006, but there is no chance to qualify for Euro 2004! Is that so bad? Better a well grown team for the World Cup than a quickie at Euro 2004!? Good luck Scotland!
Hanno Kleist, Germany

If Scotland can repeat this kind of true grit and determination, then we can get there, at least to the play-offs. Iceland can be quite useful on their day and we must be wary of them when they come to Glasgow.

Also, it is conceivable that Germany could come unstuck in Iceland while Scotland could get something against the Germans. Who knows? And with Lithuania beating the Faroese, they could also turn out to be a slippery banana skin for everyone.
Ronald McKenzie, UK

We're back....end of story!
Roy, Scotland


I certainly think we can claim second spot but in a play-off I think we could struggle
Robin Bairner, Scotland

Yes, a good win. But we were only playing Iceland not Brazil. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can get out hopes up too much but with key players still to come back such as Dominic Matteo, Don Hutchison and Craig Burley, I think we should be okay for at least second spot.
Andrew, Scotland

It was a very good performance today but I still question whether we have the firepower upfront to qualify - I certainly think we can claim second spot but in a play-off I think we could struggle.

The two strikers worked very hard today and caused massive problems for the Icelanders - both were fouled numerous times and the ref gave nothing but they still failed to score. Admittedly both have been doing well at club level and are the best we have. I would love dearly to be proved wrong.
Robin Bairner, Scotland

Never has a nation got so carried away over beating ICELAND at football. What a sad life it must be following Scotland.
Chris Oxford, Dubai

As an exiled Scot I was thrilled to see a refreshing line-up which actually seems to work. The defence looks sound, partly because Dailly and Pressley have played together before for Dundee United and Scotland U-21s.

If I remember rightly this was the pairing which took us to the semi-finals of the European U-21 Championships, narrowly losing to Spain. There were quality selections from Berti for a quality performance. Bring on the Germans!
Graeme Wright, England


There is still Burley and Matteo to return, so things look to be on the up
Jamie, Scotland

Berti is the right man for the job. James McFadden has to get selected next.
Will, Scotland

I think this is a huge step in the right direction. Berti picked the team to perfection and they played superbly together. If we carry on playing like we did today, I think we can defiantly make second spot. McFadden needs a game though!
Jamie, Scotland

We have been lacking a big scary bloke at the back, who can strike fear into the opposition in the way that Colin Hendry, Roy Aitken or Alex McLeish could.

Now we have Elvis in that role and I can see a bright new dawn for Scotland just over the horizon. Three cheers for Berti, you've won me over, mate. Let's all get behind the lads at Hampden next year.
David Biggans, Scotland

It was a good performance, a clean sheet, a couple of goals and a few other chances. There is still Burley and Matteo to return, so things look to be on the up. Good riddance to Weir. Let's build on this against Canada.
Jamie, Scotland


As a doubter of the Berti Vogts revolution I was happy to eat my words
Scott Patrick, Scotland

This was the first starting XI where all the players were born and bred Scots for quite a while, and didn't it show! The passion is back and this was a side that didn't even have the best two young Scots in it, Motherwells' McFadden and the wonderful young Hibs' captain Ian Murray. Yes, the future of Scottish football might not be so bad after all.
John Hunter, Scotland

I hope this victory is the start of good fortunes for Scotland. Well done Scotland, I knew your awful defeating run would end.
George Nipah, England

At last a bit of fight and not before time. Well done Scotland.
Ted Pearson, Belgium

As a doubter of the Berti Vogts revolution I was happy to eat my words as Scotland cantered to victory. It is a great achievement considering the Czechs have been beaten there in recent times.

Scotland still have a lot to do to secure second place, most importantly starting to play well at Hampden. Provided they beat the three lower seeded teams at home and perhaps get something away to Lithuania they should make it.
Scott Patrick, Scotland


Crawford and Thompson up front were a revelation and Ross and Naysmith were great at wing back
Craig McKenzie, Scotland

Scotland winning in Rekyjavik is a massive blow to Iceland's chances of qualifying and Scotland must be aiming for at least second spot now. With Cameron, Burlay, Hutchison and McCann to come back from injury, suddenly things are beginning to look good again. One complaint - what does James McFadden have to do to get a game?!
Darrin Frew, Scotland

Scotland on the way back? Not quite - but Berti will make it with Scotland, of that there is no doubt. The press should get off his back and let him get on with what he is good at.
Jack, Germany

Excellent performance. Crawford and Thompson up front were a revelation and Ross and Naysmith were great at wing back. This team has great potential. Stick with this squad Berti and we'll all be right behind you.
Craig McKenzie, Scotland

The form shown against Iceland proves that we can claim second spot in the group. However, it may be still be wise to use these qualifiers as preparation for 2006.
Jimmy Salmond, Scotland


We have finally found a defence that can communicate and work together
David Duguid, Scotland

Full marks to Scotland for today, but let's not get over-hasty. It was only Iceland after all. But if we repeat today's performance every game, I can see us getting there.
Dan Wynne, Scotland

Superb team performance and it will be interesting to see what the doom merchants in the press will say tomorrow! Scotland are back!
David McSweeney, Scotland

An amazing performance by Scotland today. We have found players that should hold down a first team place like Lee Wilkie, Gary Naysmith, Steven Pressely, Steven Thompson and Stevie Crawford. SCOTLAND FOR PORTUGAL 2004.
David Duguid, Scotland

We have proved to other nations that we are no walkover and we have finally found a defence that can communicate and work together. COME ON THE SCOTS.
David Duguid, Scotland

Great performance from Dundee's Lee Wilkie. Surely now a Scotland regular. With Aberdeen, Motherwell and both Tayside clubs now providing the national team with players, perhaps the press will concentrate on their efforts rather than that of the Old Firm.
Michael Gibb, Scotland

It's time to stop whinging and start supporting our nation in the way we have become famous for. Berti will come good if we give him time and support.
Graeme, exiled Scot,


Scotland 3-1 Canada

Iceland 0-2 Scotland

Faroes 2-2 Scotland

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