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Lawman is back to gun down Zaire.


SCOTLAND are not in Brazil but at Record Sport we've jumped into our DeLorean and travelled back 40 years to June 1974 when the World Cup was held in Germany and Willie Ormond's men were going for glory.

Every day our top team of reporters from back in the day - Hugh Taylor, Alex Cameron and Ken Gallacher - will file copy through the mists of time as we relive the big tournament that saw Scotland face holders Brazil, Yugoslavia and Zaire.

OLD warrior Denis Law came storming back tonight to lead Scotland in yet another World Cup attempt.

He was a surprise in the team announced by manager Willie Ormond to face the mystery men of Zaire here tomorrow night.

Right away Ormond said: "We want quick goals against Zaire. We want to go in for the kill. And I reckon Denis is just the man for the job.

"He may not be the man for the job against Brazil or Yugoslavia, but I sincerely believe he can do a great job for us against Zaire."

Attack - attack - attack. That is obviously Ormond's plan. For he has the storming Peter Lorimer and Joe Jordan up beside Law and the policy will be to paralyse the Leopards of Zaire from the start.

Even the substitutes are all attackers and once again Manchester United sweeper Martin Buchan is out. It is the surprise move, all right, but it could be a paying one.

If Law fails, Ormond can bring on the dazzling Tommy Hutchison or the tricky Jimmy Johnstone.

But there is no thought of failure in Law's mind. He was joyous when given the good news and he said: "What a break! I'm over the moon and I don't have to tell you that I will be going all out for Scotland."

At this stage, goals will be vital.

For the men of Zaire, strong but rather old fashioned in their methods, brilliant at running off the ball but hardly the world's greatest finishers, will be even more tense.

They are a world away here in this sophisticated western city from the heart of Black Africa.

Coach Vidinic is still confident, however. He says: "We have improved out of recognition since your manager Willie Ormond dismissed us as second-raters when he saw us play in Egypt.

"It's true, we lack reserve power, but I am convinced we will show you that we are not a backwater nation at football."

Vidinic may be basing his confidence on the depressing display by Scotland against Norway.

HE'LL BE IN FOR A SHOCK. There's new heart in the Scottish side. And it's my view that Scotland can win it on the wings - especially against a team whose backs play wide in a 4-2-4 formation. Ormond has the touch-line terrors to spread panic in the Zaire defence.

Skipper Billy Bremner has the cockiness to put our opponents into a state of fear. Our midfield commanders have the power and skill to take the game fiercely to Zaire.

Tom Hutchison is a shrewd player with poise and power and Dave Hay is always capable at winning the ball. We have great ability at chance-making and chance-taking.

If we lose it, we might as well pack up as a world soccer power - for we will be the laughing stock of the world.

The players know it. That's why I'm convinced there will be better shooting up front - for that's been our big weakness.

This is it, then. All Scotland is behind the boys in blue. We have faith in you.



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Date:Jun 14, 2014
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