Houston expecting British-style-battle

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Assistant manager Peter Houston is anticipating a British-style battle when Scotland face Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup on Wednesday night.

The Scots have come up against the likes of Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden since boss Craig Levein took charge of the national team. But Houston - who is also Dundee United's manager - is expecting something closer to club football in Dublin.

"It's going to be a different type of international," he said. "When you are playing against Spain or Czech Republic, it's a different mentality and type of football. I think what we will find on Wednesday is a typical British game."

He added: "I think we'll get something like an SPL or Premier League type game so it will be slightly different from the normal slow build-up against other international teams.


"I think it will be feisty and there will be a few tackles."

Meanwhile, Houston hopes a proposed friendly against Brazil next month is given the green light.

He said: "It's not set in stone and I know the SFA are still working on that. It's very exciting though.

"They are talking about getting together the group of players for four or five days beforehand and working towards playing a team who are regarded as the best in the world.

"I know they are not always the best in the world but they have fantastic players who play with the top clubs.

"It's exciting and if it comes off we will really look forward to it."

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