Scottish Football Association (SFA) chief executive Gordon Smith is confident the Tartan Army will rally for the crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers against FYR Macedonia and the Netherlands. George Burley's side need six points in their final two Group 9 games to have a chance of a play-off spot, starting with Saturday's visit of Macedonia.

The match is heading for a sell-out, as is the one against the Dutch next Wednesday. Smith believes the Scotland fans, who are still reeling from the 4-0 defeat by Norway in Oslo last month, which dropped them to third in the table, will turn up at Hampden determined to cheer them to what would be two famous victories.

"It's almost like a semi-final and the final," he said. "Saturday is the semi-final and if we get the win then we are in the final and the final is a difficult one against Holland. If we can get to the play-offs, it will be outstanding.

We are going to have two big supports and we know the fans will get behind us. If we can get to the play-offs, it will be outstanding.

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith ahead of Scotland's forthcoming qualifiers against Macedonia and the Netherlands

"We were all disappointed with what happened in Norway, from George Burley and myself, to everyone connected to the association, to the fans, especially the ones who paid money to go to Norway.

"I can understand why they were disappointed. But the team has the opportunity to make everything right. The tickets have been selling and people want to see the team play, which is fantastic.

"We are going to have two big supports for both games and we know the fans will get behind us; they will come along with positive intentions. It will change obviously if it doesn't go the way we want it to but they won't be coming to be critical.

"They will come to see their team get a good result. I've got the belief and hope that we can do it. We are capable of getting two victories."