We will take Qatar seriously, says Scotland's Christophe Berra

Christophe Berra (left) scored the winner in Scotland's March friendly with Northern Ireland
Christophe Berra (left) scored the winner in Scotland's March friendly with Northern Ireland

Scotland defender Christophe Berra said the players will take Qatar seriously, despite assistant manager Mark McGhee suggesting they would hold back.

The Scots face Qatar in a friendly at Easter Road on Friday, eight days before a Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland.

"Ultimately the most important one for us is the Republic of Ireland," said Berra.

"It's a game that when we cross that white line we want to win."

Berra came off the bench to score the winner for Gordon Strachan's men in their last outing against Northern Ireland in March.

He said: "When you're playing in a competitive game, if there's a ball there for a 50/50, more likely than not if you don't go fully committed that's when you get injured.

"We're not going to do anything silly, but we'll go out there and give our all and we want to put on a good performance for the fans and to gain confidence for a massive game the following week."

Edinburgh-born Berra, 30, spent six years at Hearts between 2003 and 2009 and is looking forward to returning to the capital to play at the home of their rivals Hibs.

"When I was at Hearts I had a very good record there and I played in the game against Australia which we won 3-1," said the Ipswich defender.

"It's a great ground, it's modern. My mum and dad live two minutes away so it's an easy walk for them to the game."

Berra was sent off as his club lost to Norwich in the English Championship play-off semi-final, a game they went on to lose 3-1.

However he said the disappointment from that result will not affect him while on Scotland duty.

He said: "It's football. I've had bigger downs in my life.

"You just get on with it. If you didn't, if you thought about it too much, I wouldn't be a professional footballer. You get highs and lows throughout your career and you just bounce back."

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