Levein has instilled passion and belief

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Peter Lorimer believes boss Craig Levein has brought passion and belief back to the Scotland team and given them hope for the future.

The Leeds legend - who earned 21 caps in the 1970s - admits there was a time when he did not even want to watch the national side in action. But he has been impressed by the job Levein has done so far since taking over the helm from George Burley in December 2009.

Lorimer said: "In the last couple of years, since Craig came in, I can see far more passion than I'd seen for quite a few years before. He is instilling the passion back in the team and belief."

He added: "I'm now quite happy, when Scotland are playing, to say I'm watching the match this afternoon. It was getting to the stage where that wasn't the case and that's not nice.

"For the game it's not nice because you want Scotland to do well and you want people to be proud of watching Scotland playing.


"Certainly, I've seen more passion in the last couple of years and I think there has been a great improvement."

The Scots are aiming to end their lengthy exile from major tournaments by qualifying for Euro 2012 if they can secure second spot - and a crack at the play-offs - in their qualifying group.

Most recently, they narrowly missed out on claiming the inaugural Carling Nations Cup to host nation the Republic of Ireland in Dublin last month.

Lorimer added: "The players want to be playing if something is good and successful.

"A few years ago, watching Scotland playing, I didn't see a great deal of passion because I think the players weren't enjoying the way things were going. But I certainly see, since Craig took over, a total transformation in the attitude of the fans and the players. They look like they are enjoying it again."

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