Football: CELTIC SHOWED US WHAT SCOTS CANN DO; EURO 2008.
FABIO CANNAVARO knows Scotland won't be a walkover for his World Cup winners on Wednesday - and pointed to Celtic's Champions League performances as proof.
There is a huge gulf in class between the players in the Italian squad and Alex McLeish's but Cannavaro insists that counts for nothing. Gordon Strachan's Hoops were seen as a poor second in terms of quality when they met AC Milan in the last-16 of the Champions League recently.
But they showed reputations count for I nothing as they ran the Serie A I superstars close, only going out to arsingle goal on aggregate scored in extra time of the second leg.
And Celtic's displays against AC Milan, as well as their odds-defying win over Manchester United, have Cannavaro worried ahead of Italy's World Cup qualifier with Scotland this week.
The Real Madrid stopper insisted: "Scottish football's reputation in Europe is getting better all the time.
"I watched some Celtic matches in the Champions League this season and they are a clear example of the improvement.
"They beat Man United at home and played very well against AC Milan so that proves we can't take anything for granted in Bari.
"Scotland is a dangerous game for us because the whole world sees us as favourites and if we don't win it will be a big blow to our Euro 2008 chances.
"I am convinced we will beat them but not without a fight.
"There are no easy opponents - I am finding that out with Real Madrid as well. It's vital to fight in every match.
"Scotland don't just play with power and a physical aerial game. They can pass the ball well and their victory over France was as good as it was unexpected.
"But we are the World Cup winners and expected to win every home game. So three points are a must on Wednesday or we would face a struggle to make the Euro finals.
"I am sure it will be a good atmosphere because the Scottish fans travel in large numbers and sing loudly."
No walkover: Cannavaro is wary of Scots' threat
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Mar 25, 2007|
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