Miller insists Scotland on track

Kenny Miller insists that if Scotland can beat FYR Macedonia in Glasgow on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning AEST) it will be a good start to its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

Scotland opened its Group A campaign with a disappointing goalless draw with Serbia at Hampden.

It was not the flying start manager Craig Levein had hoped for with his side due to face tough matches against Croatia and Belgium later on in the qualification campaign.

FYR Macedonia is the next visitor to the national stadium and while Vancouver Whitecaps striker Miller is expecting a tough game he is targeting a win against a side which is below Scotland in the world rankings.

"We were disappointed not to get three points but we could have lost it at the end. We both had chances, it was an open game, and we can be quite happy with how we've played," Miller said.

"If we have four points after Tuesday, the boys will see it as a success.

"Everyone is getting wound up about us having to win both games.

"But Serbia are a good team. They're not going to come here, lie down and get turned over by two or three goals.

"Only towards the end of the campaign will we know if that's a good point or a bad one.

"Serbia are a higher seeding than Belgium and will feel capable of taking points off them and the Croatians. Anyone can take points off anyone.

"Macedonia went to Croatia and only lost 1-0. We played Macedonia two campaigns ago - we lost over there and beat them at Hampden. So we know that won't be an easy game either. They'll take points off teams and this group is there for anyone who wants to go and take it.

"The Belgium squad is fantastic but Croatia, us and Wales are all good sides. Four points won't be a bad start.

"But it would be an over-exaggeration to say Tuesday is a must-win because if we draw against Macedonia and win every other game we'll probably win the group."

FYR Macedonia comes to Hampden looking for its first points in Group A after Everton's Nikica Jelavic scored a late winner for Croatia to seal a 1-0 victory.

But FYR Macedonia's Mirko Ivanovski reckons Scotland will pose his team a far tougher test than group favourite Croatia.

However, the striker is convinced his improving nation can cause major problems for Scotland and grab priceless World Cup points in Glasgow.

"We played really well against Croatia. But our opponents were not as good as they can be - certainly not as good as they showed they were at EURO 2012," Ivanovski said.

"When you play against a team ranked 10th in the world, you expect to learn a lot of lessons. When Croatia play as they did on Friday, you learn nothing.

"So Scotland at Hampden is going to be a much bigger test than Zagreb.

"The Scots have a very good team and their players are used to playing at a high level.

"Some of them play in the Champions League and some in the English Premiership.

"Scotland can pass well but they also run hard and fight for every ball.

"Basing my judgment on how Croatia played against us and how I expect Scotland to be in their own stadium, I believe Glasgow will be a harder night."