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Scots insist Welsh tie will not be do-or-die

SCOTLAND assistant manager Peter Houston refuses to accept Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff is a "must win" fixture.

Craig Levein's men drew their opening two Group A games at Hampden against Serbia and Macedonia, and consequently have already dropped four points.

Following the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium, Scotland are away to Belgium next Tuesday night in the second part of October's double-header which, by common consensus, will make or break the Scots' chances of reaching Brazil.

However, Dundee United boss Houston, speaking at Scotland's Mar Hall base on the outskirts of Glasgow yesterday, would not concede that the Scots need to beat the Welsh to keep their qualification hopes alive.

"I don't think you ever concede anything," he said. "What you have to make sure of, and I've said it before, is that we have to try to get as many points as we possibly can. Cardiff is another opportunity.

"There are three points up for grabs and we will try to get three and we will try to get three in Belgium.

"I wouldn't put any targets on how many points we are going to get out of the next two games. "I just think that when three points are available, we have to try to get those three points."