Levein unconcerned by pressure

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Craig Levein does not believe Scotland are under any more pressure to succeed in their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as a result of the domestic clubs' failings in Europe.

With Rangers flying the flag for Scottish teams on the European stage after winning automatic entry to the Champions League, the focus now shifts to the national team ahead of the double-header against Lithuania and Liechtenstein but Levein insists there is enough pressure on his players without being asked to make amends for the failings of others.

"We know what this is all about. Whether the club teams have done well or haven't done well, we will be doing our best whatever happens," said Levein.

"There are a lot of different things going on in Scottish football just now, there is a lot of stuff happening at the SFA with regard to change. But we will talk about that later.

"There is enough pressure on the players, the internal pressure they put on themselves to perform at the highest level. Talking about other things, external stuff, isn't going to make much difference.

Friday's clash in Kaunas marks Levein's first competitive game in charge and it is a challenge he is relishing.

He said: "I'm enjoying having the players together and working with them. I'm looking forward to this week and getting the chance to do a bit of proper management and coaching.

"Part of the problem of being an international manager is that you don't get enough time with the players and get to know them as individuals. But, the longer we spend together, the better it is for everybody. It gives you a chance to develop relationships.

"They have arrived in good spirits and I think there will be a keenness and an edge to the players this week because this is the start of it all, this is the competitive match we have been waiting for. I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure the lads are as well."

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