Scotland can cause Poland problems, says Gary Caldwell

Scotland skipper leads the way at training in Warsaw
Scotland have lost just once in six previous visits to Poland
Poland v Scotland - Euro 2016 qualifying
Date: Tuesday, 14 October Venue: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & online. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website.

Scotland will be wary of Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski but will not adopt an overly cautious approach in Warsaw, says defender Gary Caldwell.

The 32-year-old, not in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier, has been impressed by Gordon Strachan.

"He is a positive manager, which is good for Scotland, and he won't only be worrying about Lewandowski and the threats Poland have," said Caldwell.

"He'll be focused on what we can do to cause them problems."

Caldwell has worked with Strachan at Celtic and at international level, winning the last of his 55 caps in the 2-0 loss to Serbia in March 2013.

And having seen Scotland lose just once in their last eight outings - away to world champions Germany - the Wigan player-coach knows it will be difficult to add to his list of Scotland appearances.

"I thought we played well against a decent team and could have scored more goals," was his take on Saturday's 1-0 win against Georgia at Ibrox when talking to BBC Scotland.

Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifiers
14 October, 2014Poland(a)
14 November, 2014R of Ireland(h)
29 March, 2015Gibraltar(h)
13 June, 2015R of Ireland(a)
4 September, 2015Georgia(a)
7 September, 2015Germany(h)
8 October, 2015Poland(h)

"I was at training on Sunday and everyone was upbeat and looking forward to the game in Poland.

"It's a positive group and I'm sure they will do well."

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski missed Scotland's 1-0 friendly win in Warsaw in March through injury.

But this time Scotland will need to keep a close eye on the 26-year-old and his partner in attack Arkadiusz Milik, who was on target when the Poles surprised Germany 2-0 at the weekend to move top of Group D.

"He'll know what to do against him and give the boys all the information they need," said Caldwell of the threat posed by Poland's best-known player.

"They work hard on the training ground so everyone knows that their job is."

Caldwell missed most of last season through injury and is yet to play for Wigan this term but has not quite given up hope of pulling on Scotland's colours again.

"With the way the team is playing at the moment that might be a long shot," he admitted.

"I'll just keep working hard to try and get in the Wigan team and see what happens."

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