Houston urges relaxed approach

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Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston believes relaxation is the best preparation ahead of Sunday's friendly against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium.

Craig Levein's squad flew out to La Manga in Spain on Monday for a week's training camp where golf and head-tennis will be high on the agenda.

Houston, though, made no apologies for going easy on the players, and said: "The priority is to build for the game against Brazil on Sunday. The players have done an awful lot of work and played a lot of games at this time of the season so we will look after them and relax for the first few days."

He added: "We will give them a game of golf and maybe a game of head tennis to help bond them and build the team spirit. But from Wednesday onwards we will build towards the game to try to get a good result against Brazil and continue our form from the last couple of games when the team has done well."

Only Everton keeper Iain Turner and Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith have withdrawn from the squad through injury with Kilmarnock keeper Cameron Bell called in.

Houston admits he is as excited as any of the players about the chance to take on Brazil.

"It is an important game because you want to pit your wits against the best and they don't come any bigger than Brazil, and you can see that by the amount of players who have turned up," he said.

"The guys who are injured are genuinely injured, they would love to be here.

"James Morrison had eight or nine stitches in his head and he still wants to be here.

"We have passed the ball well and created in the last couple of games but Brazil are a different kettle of fish. What we have to do on Sunday is be brave on the ball, keep possession and make sure we create chances as well."

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