Scotland on course for Euro 2016 finals, says Joe Jordan

Steven Naismith celebrates scoring against Scotland with Ikechi Anya
Steven Naismith celebrates scoring against Scotland with Ikechi Anya

Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan believes Gordon Strachan's national team are as good as anyone in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.

The Queens Park Rangers coach is optimistic Scotland can make it to France if they maintain standards.

"I don't think they are inferior to any of them, from what they've already seen," Jordan told BBC Scotland.

"If they can continue that form they've every right to be positive and confident they can do the job."

In Scotland's four competitive matches in the 2014 calendar year, Strachan has led them to victories against Georgia and Republic of Ireland, a draw versus Poland and a narrow defeat to World Cup winners Germany.

Former Scotland international Joe Jordan on Gordon Strachan
"The fans appreciate what he's producing in the dressing room and have a lot more confidence and belief in the direction they're going."

"I think it's been a successful year, but the Scotland fans will be looking to the future," said Jordan, who was capped 52 times between 1973 and 1982.

"There's a consistency there in the performances. OK, one or two results have not been exactly what we want, but you're playing in a group that's as tough as there possibly is.

"The fact that Germany have not stared particularly well [allows] Scotland, Poland and the other countries to look at it and generally think they can get through it."

UEFA EURO 2016 QUALIFYING GROUP D
PWDLFAGDPTS
Poland43101521310
Germany42117437
Scotland42115417
Rep of Ireland421110377
Georgia411347-33
Gibraltar4004021-210

Jordan was once an international team-mate of Strachan's and admits that he never considered which of his fellow players could possibly go on to be managers in the future.

However, he admires the belief the former Celtic boss has instilled in the current Scotland set-up.

"He's gone on to be successful at club level and he's carrying that forward at international level," he added.

"The fans appreciate what he's producing in the dressing room and have a lot more confidence and belief in the direction they're going.

"They're most certainly putting it into practice on the field because they are playing as a team and with great spirit."

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