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The former Dundee United manager has praised his charges as they prepare for the start of their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign against Serbia and Macedonia

Manager Craig Levein believes Scotland have “improved enormously” in the two years he has been in charge.

Scotland’s last qualification campaign started in disappointing fashion, with Levein adopting the now infamous 4-6-0 formation against Czech Republic after unconvincing displays against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

However, the former Dundee United manager has praised his charges as they prepare for the start of their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign against Serbia and Macedonia.

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"This is a tough, tough match," he told reporters. "They have 16 players in the Champions League and a further six in the Europa League, so they are quality players.

"The fortunate thing for me is that our players have improved enormously and our team has improved enormously from where we were two years ago at the start of the previous qualifying campaign.

"I believe wholeheartedly in this group of players and I believe we have the best chance of qualifying for a long time.

"I look at them individually, I look at where they are playing their football, I look at how settled we are, how good the environment is and how well the players get on with each other, and that gives me huge belief.

"The results have steadily improved in the last couple of years, the players' confidence has improved and we are ready and prepared to go."

And Levein has also conceded that he has vastly learnt from the mistakes made during that Euro 2012 qualification process.

"I could give you a list - there's a whole raft of things that I have changed, that I didn't do at the start. But it's only because you learn as you go along.

"I stress that I'm ready and the players are ready. We face a tough challenge.

"I'm not going to make any wild predictions but I'm comfortable with where we are.

"I know we are miles better than we were two years ago."

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