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‘CELTIC LADS WILL BE THE BIG PLAYERS,’ NAYSMITH

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FORMER Scotland defender Gary Naysmith reckons Gordon Strachan should lean on Celtic before tonight’s World Cup confrontation against Lithuania in Vilnius.

Scotland are fourth in Qualifying Group F, six points behind England and four behind second-placed Slovakia.

Strachan’s men slumped to a 1-1 draw against the Lithuanians at Hampden in October and Naysmith, who won 46 caps, expects the experience of the Hoops players to be crucial this time around.

The ex-Hearts and Everton full-back said: “The people who are in form playing for their clubs, the Celtic lads, are doing ever so well domestically and on the European front.

“I expect they will all be big players.

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“I think Craig Gordon will play, Scott Brown will be a key player and we’ve got great players, especially on the left-hand side with Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney.

“They can get forward and give you great width. Personally, I hope that some way Gordon Strachan can fit the two of them in the starting team.

“I think Leigh Griffiths will play and the manager has been playing most of the games with just one up.

“So I can’t see that changing. It seems a system the team are happy with and one that Gordon likes playing.”

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