The manager draws strength from his side's experience ahead of their match on Tuesday, and feels his team's recent form means they should be confident against the champions
Scotland manager Craig Levein is upbeat ahead of his side’s final Euro 2012 qualifying Group I fixture away to Spain.
Levein’s side will take on the reigning European and world champions on Tuesday evening in Alicante at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez. The home team go into the game with a 100 per cent record of seven wins out of seven Group I matches, but the Scotland boss is confident that his team can get a result.
"There is a fearlessness about them which gives me a great deal of encouragement," Levein said of his players.
"The players know what this is about. The experience of playing Spain at Hampden last year – when we gave as good as we got [in losing 3-2] – helps them.
"We've won six and drawn once in our last nine games. When you sit down and look at that, the players have got to be confident. We played some difficult matches there but we've played some good football."
The former Hearts boss also took care to point out the big game experience of his side, with eight of his starting XI against Liechtenstein playing in the Premier League.
"Those guys are playing big arenas on big occasions on a daily basis," Levein said. "From my point of view I'd rather have that security behind me, people who have been over the course before.
“Okay, we don't have a lot of guys like Liechtenstein or Spain who have 50, 60 or 70 caps, but we have guys who know what they're facing.
"In the first half against Liechtenstein we passed the ball as well as we have done in a long time. That gives me encouragement that we have the players to do that against Spain. Maybe we have a long way to go but we're heading in the right direction."
Czech Republic are a point behind in Group I but with a superior head-to-head record, and to qualify for the play-offs in second place, the Hampden Park outfit must match or better the result of their rivals, who are away at Lithuania.
Levein would not, however, trade places with the Czechs.
"It's in our hands," he said. "I know everybody is talking about having to play against Spain but the bottom line is, it's up to us. If we win then the Czech Republic can't do anything about it.
"So, from my point of view, that's something I can have a degree of control over. The other thing is, if you are the Czech Republic, you know 100% that even if you win your last game you might not finish in second place. So I'd take our position every time because we can do something about it."
Prominent in the minds of Tartan Army fans will be the controversial late penalty awarded to the Czech side last month, which allowed them to escape from Hampden Park with a draw. But for that, Scotland would already have secured second place with their 1-0 victory over Liechtenstein on Saturday.
On this, Levein commented: "That's done now, I made enough comment about it at the time of the Czech Republic game. I'm a great believer in moving on.