December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Canaries defender Steven Whittaker says he will do his best to adjust to a personal club v country conflict as he prepares for Scotland’s next World Cup qualifier, in Macedonia tomorrow.
Whittaker’s heavy touch was partly responsible for Belgium’s first goal in a 2-0 win at Hampden Park on Friday – but the 29-year-old was playing out of his usual position.
The former Rangers player has been playing in his normal right-back position for City, but Alan Hutton is keeping him out of that role for Scotland as he continues on the opposite side of defence for his country.
“It is obviously not my favoured position but if I am picked there I will try my best,” he said.
“I always do that. It is not ideal being a right-footer on the left side of the park but I will adapt to that as best I can.”
Scotland are looking to get off the bottom of qualifying Group A when they face Macedonia, who drew at Hampden in the second match of Scotland’s campaign - when Craig Levein was in charge.
And Whittaker is determined to achieve some tangible results to mark the progress he believes is being made under Strachan.
Victory in Zagreb against Croatia in their most recent competitive away match gave Scotland hope of avoiding bottom spot but Macedonia’s win over Wales on Friday, coupled with the defeat to Belgium, means Whittaker is desperate to get a result tomorrow ahead of the final qualifier against Croatia.
“Obviously Macedonia is going to be a tough game, but we believe we can go there and get a result and we have Croatia at home and hopefully again we can get momentum going into that game,” he said.
“I think we have played some good stuff the last few games, we are getting more positive and hopefully we can start creating chances and getting goals and results to match.”