Burley offers support to Iwelumo

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George Burley on Friday revealed he had phoned Chris Iwelumo to reassure him he was not being blamed for Scotland being on the brink of failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Scottish Football Association president George Peat on Thursday claimed the country would have two more crucial points in the bag had Wolves striker Iwelumo not missed a sitter on his debut against Norway last year.

"We're a team together; we win together, we lose together and it's not one man's fault," said Burley.

Burley insists no one man is to blame for Scotland leaving themselves needing to win their final two Group Nine Games against Macedonia and Holland to stand any realistic hope of reaching the play-offs.

"I don't know exactly what George said, he didn't mean it in that manner," added Burley. "We haven't qualified for a long time for majors - we need to have a look at the whole structure."

He added ahead of Saturday's game with Macedonia: "I spoke to Chris last night and nobody's blaming him at all, nobody's blaming an individual. We're all in it together."

Burley also shrugged off Peat's claims that Scotland should have done better than record two group wins against Iceland during the campaign.

He said: "Everybody's looking to do better, against some good sides as well - nothing's changed."

Peat revealed Burley's position would be reviewed after qualifying ends on Wednesday.

Asked if he needed two wins to save his job, Burley said: "The only thing I'm thinking about is winning Saturday. Then you might be offering me a new contract!"

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