Former Celtic striker Alan McInally has teamed up with online betting partner BETDAQ to preview Scotland’s game against Cyprus.

The last time Scotland played Cyprus I came on as a sub for my final international cap in a 2-1 victory. Having failed to reach the European Championships next summer, these friendlies will give Craig Levein time to test his squad and build momentum before a competitive World Cup qualifying group.

I’ve been impressed with Levein’s efforts on the international stage and I’m glad he’s used this game for a chance to give some youngsters an opportunity. Jordan Rhodes is quite rightly attracting plenty of attention following his cracking start to the campaign with Huddersfield. Blackpool’s Matt Gilks has also deservedly been called up for the game in Larnaca and I hope the pair get some minutes under their belts.

The Scots finished third behind Spain and the Czech Republic in Group I, but now it’s imperative they start looking to the next major tournament. The morale in the squad seems terrific and the side enjoy playing for each other, which is down to Levein’s work.

A win here would be another step in the right direction and give the side something to build on. Playing away in Europe is never easy, but the Scots have enough to beat the Cypriots this evening.

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