Scotland U21s eye win against Netherlands

Scotland Under-21 manager Billy Stark
Stark is expecting a tough test against a classy Dutch side

Scotland Under-21 manager Billy Stark is targeting a victory against the Netherlands in Monday's key European Championship qualifier in Nijmegen.

The highly-talented Dutch side are top of Group 10 with nine points from their first three matches.

The Scots have lost ground with home draws to Bulgaria and Austria either side of a win in Luxembourg.

"We go into every game if not expecting to win then certainly feeling we've got a really good chance," said Stark.

"We certainly won't be saying to the players that we're going there for a draw because we're not capable of doing that for a start.

"If we are to get anything we'll certainly have to threaten Holland.

"We wouldn't be able to sit in our own half and expect to get away with it.

"That's the sort of positive mentality we'll be hoping to achieve."

Stark can call on in-form striker Jordan Rhodes just a few days after the Huddersfield star made his full international debut as a late substitute in Friday's 2-1 win in Cyprus.

Celtic winger James Forrest and Liverpool defender Danny Wilson, senior squad regulars, have also been made available to the Under-21s.

"If we were to share the spoils over there it would be a very, very good performance and a good result," added Stark.

"It will a very good performance in order to come back with anything from this game.

"When you look back over the last number of years and you look at the great footballing nations, Holland and Spain would be right up there.

"What they've both had over the last number of years is success at under age levels.

"Holland's not a team you'd have picked [to play against] as a top seed, but it's a great challenge for us and we expect Holland to have the type of player they've been producing for many, many years now.

"That is athletic, very skilful, a very good knowledge of the game and that all adds up to being a very good test for us."

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