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Levein warns Scots to be wary of Wales backlash

Manager Craig Levein has warned Scotland to be wary of being the victims of a Wales backlash in tonight's World Cup qualifier.

The home nation head into the clash in Cardiff on the back of a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Serbia in their last game, having also lost their opener to Belgium.

The Scots are also seeking a positive result after taking just two points from their games against Serbia and Macedonia at Hampden last month.

However, Levein knows Chris Coleman's men will be hurting after their heavy defeat.

He said: "Serbia are an excellent side, they really are, and I was pleased with our performance against them.

"I knew it would be extremely difficult for Wales going across there to get any sort of result. It was always going to be a really tough fixture.

"The danger for us, of course, is that Wales get some sort of response from that."

Levein is boosted by the return of Darren Fletcher, Steven Fletcher and Scott Brown to his squad.

However, the Scotland boss was keeping tight-lipped about his starting line-up, having previously named his team for matches 24 hours before kick-off.

He said: "I try to pick the best team possible for every game. What pleases me immensely is the quality and strength in depth that we have for this particular fixture and for the Belgium game.

"We have a really strong group of players just now and we have prepared excellently this week so we are just itching to get started."

Meanwhile, Levein played down a so-called spat between his player Charlie Adam and Wales' star man Gareth Bale.

Bale reportedly called Adam a "coward" after being injured for a second time in July by the Stoke midfielder, then playing for Liverpool, during a friendly against Tottenham. Levein said: "I believe the challenges were accidental and these things happen in football. I'm not in the slightest bit worried about that."