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Terry Butcher believes there is one team Scotland should fear ahead of all others in their quest to qualify for the World Cup finals - themselves.

The assistant coach has highlighted the importance of a positive mental attitude ahead of Saturday's clash with Norway at Hampden, urging the national team not to shoot themselves in the foot with the wrong approach.

"The team I fear is Scotland," he said. "It's all about preparation, mental preparation, because physical preparation is not a problem. It's the mental problem of how you approach it."

He added: "Because of the recent results Scotland have got at Hampden, do the players look at it and say: 'We've only got to turn up and win'?

"We've got to do enough in the game to put ourselves in the position where we can win. That means doing all the things we've done before to win games and a bit more as well.

"If any team's not right on the day then they won't win a game.

"It may be a mental thing of approaching the game. Not underestimating the opposition, but sometimes underestimating the application on the day.

"It's 'I've got to do more than I've ever done' because that's what it's going to take to win this game. You look at it as your last game, your last opportunity.

"I'm not saying that it is but it's like a squash player being 8-0 down in the last game. I think it was Jahangir Khan who played every game like that. We have to do that as well.

"Sometimes a mental preparation like that can help. Players these days are their own psychologists. If we start to rant and rave then international football is not about that."

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