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Young Scots look to down Dutch

Scotland Under-21s host Netherlands U21s in Paisley on Wednesday, needing a win to keep their Euro 2015 dream alive.

Billy Stark's young Scots currently lie fourth in Group 3 of European Under-21 Championship qualifying after five games played, three points behind the second-placed Dutch and six points behind leaders Slovakia.

Scotland must finish second in the group to have any chance of making the play-offs - so require three wins from their final three qualifiers against Holland, Luxembourg and Slovakia if they are to reach next year's finals in the Czech Republic.

However, they were hammered 4-0 the last time they faced the Dutch in Nijmegen last September.

"If we are realistic, we know we have to win the last three games," Stark told The Times.

"The fact is, we only need to win the next game and that is the way we need to think. We can only concentrate on beating Holland.

"I believe we have the players that can do it. If we are disciplined and do the right things in the game, we can do it. The Dutch won't be far away from the team that played us over there, but they have had half a dozen players away with the full squad and are under consideration for the World Cup in Brazil.

"The quality of the opposition is unquestionable, but we have to take confidence into every game and believe that we can win it, particularly at home, so that is how we will approach it."

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has told his team-mates not to shy away from the challenge.

Speaking ahead of the clash at St Mirren Park, he said: "We have done a lot of video work on Holland, so we know what to expect.

"But we have got to be confident in the players we have and believe we can beat them."

The U21s began the campaign by beating Luxembourg 3-0 in March last year, but were thrashed by the Dutch in their next competitive outing.

In October, Stark's side recorded a 2-1 home win over Slovakia to get back on track, but a 2-1 loss in Georgia and a 1-1 draw against the same opposition at St Mirren Park has left them playing catch-up in the group.

Hearts' Callum Paterson will line up at right-back, having been used as a striker and winger in previous games.

Local Buddies heroes Kenny McLean, John McGinn and Sean Kelly are also in Stark's squad and should be involved on home turf.