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Football: WE MUST PLAY THE GEM OF OUR LIVES.

Byline: SAM McLEOD

LEGENDARY Scotland star Archie Gemmill insists Berti Vogts' side can use Holland's ego problems to their advantage and record a famous victory.

Gemmill has already secured a place in Scottish folklore after his sensational strike against the Dutch in 1978 - and he believes Vogts' team can follow on from his example.

The ex-midfielder said: "Ruud van Nistelrooy is the best striker in the world just now but he might not play.

"Once again it is down to the ego factor which has been mentioned before. If Scotland can beat Holland over the two legs, they will go down in folklore for years to come because I don't think anyone anywhere in the world thinks we are good enough to beat Holland.

"But the things we can hang our hat on are our good performances against Germany and the Dutch being a little bit volatile at times."Gemmill maintains memories of his mazy dance around three Dutch defenders in Mendoza 25 years ago must be put to one side ahead of the double header.

He said: "The 1978 game doesn't matter.

"It's about the squad who are going to play at the weekend and in the second leg.

"If Scotland can reproduce the form they showed over the two legs against the Germans and the Dutch have an off-day, which they have at times, then it is by no means a foregone conclusion."

See Derek Watson - page 75

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Date:Nov 14, 2003
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