Mr Fixit: MAGIC WALTER NEEDS MIRACLE; Scots facing cup exit.
CELTIC have Magic Zurawski - but Scotland have found their very own conjurer in Walter Smith While punters were hailing the Pole's winner against Austria which saved thousands of lines, the Scotland boss wasmaking the bad times disappear as his men held Italy to a 1-1 draw.
Smith has even turned Kenny Miller into a player - and that's a trick his predecessor Berti Vogts couldn't perform.
But he's not a miracle worker and no matter how many permutations you try everything points to Norway finishing above us.
Before Saturday's game we were 12-1 with Hill to qualify for the finals and we still are with totesport.We gave ourselves every chance by holding the Italians but I fear Morten Gamst Pedersen ended our hopes of a great escape with his last-minute winner in Slovenia.
Now we must beat Norway tomorrow, win our other two games and hope they slip up further. It's not going to happen.
We were 7-1 to beat Italy and you can have 9-2 with the likes of Bet365 on us rolling over the Norwegians in Oslo. It looks a good price after our Hampden heroics but the Italy game must have exhausted star turns such as Miller, Darren Fletcher and Nigel Quashie.
With Norway also feeling fatigued and without Pedersen, everything points to a draw at 13-5 which will suit the home men.
Miller is 11-1 to score first and remember Hill offered him at 100-1 to net first in both games.
I managed to tame a nightmare coupon with six out of six homes on Saturday. Finding value bets is just as tricky tomorrow but best of the bunch are Sweden at almost evens away to Hungary
CARRIED AWAY WITH A VICTORY: John Carew gives Morten Gamst Pedersen a lift after his winner against Slovenia
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Sep 6, 2005|
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