Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Nottingham Forest centre-back, Scott McKenna, said there is no reason Scotland cannot get the better of Serbia in the upcoming Euro 2020 playoff final.
The winners of Thursday night’s clash at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade will compete at the European Championships in the summer.
For Scotland, it would be a first appearance at a major tournament since 1998, but after wins over Israel, Slovakia and the Czech Republic last month, confidence is high in Steve Clarke’s camp.
Serbia have the likes of Aleksander Mitrovic and Dusan Tadic to call upon, but McKenna believes that after three consecutive clean sheets, Scotland are capable of keeping the opposition at bay.
“Of course it [the defence] is [going to be crucial], it is in every game in international football,” he said during the press conference. “They do have a good front line and one to be very wary of, but there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t stop them.”
McKenna missed his country’s three consecutive triumphs in October and faces a battle to get back into the starting XI for the winner-takes-all clash.
Yet, the 23-year-old – who has made eight Championship appearances for Nottingham Forest since joining from Aberdeen in September – isn’t concerned about his individual situation.
Instead, he’s focused on team success and is aware of how big an achievement qualification would be.
“It would be very special,” he added. “I think the last European Championships, all the home nations were there apart from Scotland.”
“So, hopefully, we can be there this time and I think it would be a proud moment for absolutely everyone in the squad and just for the whole country. It would be a great boost for everyone.”