Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland have best finals chance in years

Ikechi Anya scores for Scotland against Germany in September
Ikechi Anya scores for Scotland against Germany in September

Former Scotland and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the national team have "their best chance in years" to reach a major finals.

Gordon Strachan's side sit third in Group D going into next Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar.

"That second place is there for grabs," Ferguson told the Scottish FA website. external-link

"The game in Ireland will be important, as will the game against Poland at home, but they have given themselves a chance."

So far, the Scots have lost to second-place Germany - who also have seven points - beaten Georgia and Republic of Ireland and drawn with leaders Poland.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson took charge of Scotland at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

Strachan's men will warm up for Gibraltar's visit to Hampden by playing Northern Ireland at the same venue on Wednesday evening.

After the Gibraltar match, Scotland face Republic of Ireland away in June before travelling to face Georgia and hosting Germany in September.

Poland come to Hampden in October before the Scots complete their campaign in Gibraltar.

The top two sides will qualify for next summer's finals in France - where Scotland last played in a major tournament at the 1998 World Cup.

"The result against Ireland was an important one," added Ferguson.

"You'd have to think that between Ireland, Poland and themselves - you have to expect Germany to emerge as the winners - that second place is there for grabs and they have their best chance.

"I think Scotland have their best chance in years."

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