Euro 2016: Poland confident against Scotland - Barry Douglas

Poland's Krzysztof Maczynski and Robert Lewandowski celebrate
Robert Lewandowski (right) is in scoring form
Euro 2016 qualifiers: Scotland v Poland
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Thursday, 8 October Kick-off: 19:45
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Scotland and online, live text on BBC Sport website

Lech Poznan full-back Barry Douglas thinks Poland will go into Thursday's game at Hampden Park with a strong belief they can defeat Scotland.

The Poles, who sit second in qualifying Group D, would end Scotland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a win.

"I think now they are very confident," Douglas told BBC Scotland.

"They have had a few big results. Their players at their clubs have hit form and they will be looking to take all three points."

But the 26-year-old, who joined the Polish top-flight side from Dundee United in 2013, thinks Gordon Strachan's side can surprise the visitors.

The hosts are fourth, four points behind the Republic of Ireland, who occupy the play-off spot and host group leaders Germany on Thursday.

"If Scotland go about their job the right way, there is no reason why we can't get a score," said Douglas.

Former Lech Poznan striker Robert Lewandowski has commanded the headlines with his recent scoring exploits with Poland and Bayern Munich.

"He is their talisman, especially in Poznan," said Douglas of the 27-year-old. "He is a hero here.

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

"All eyes will be on him. They hope he can pull them through."

However, Douglas stresses that there are other dangerous players alongside Lewandowski.

He picked out Arkadiusz Milik, the 21-year-old Ajax striker, and midfielders Slawomir Peszko and Sebastian Mila, who play in their homeland with Lechia Gdansk, as other potential threats.

Douglas has yet to be capped for Scotland but has not given up hope of an international call-up and thinks his experience in Poland's top division should help.

"If it is to happen, it will happen," he said. "I just need to keep playing well for my club and the rest will take care of itself.

"I feel I have grown massively as a player, understanding different styles of the game.

"It's a lot more tactically disciplined over here - everything is analysed in detail and it's about more trying to break teams down.

"I'm enjoying my football and long may it continue."

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