Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk warned Scotland not to expect his side to cruise through their last World Cup qualifier tomorrow night safe in the knowledge that they have already booked their passage for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ next summer.
The Group Nine winners, with seven wins from seven games, have the chance to become the first Dutch side to record a 100 per cent record in their qualifying campaign. Although many of the Tartan Army were hoping that van Marwijk will take the opportunity to utilise his squad, the Dutch coach insists he and his players will be going all out to make history.
"Winning all eight games is an extra motivation for me," he said. "The players also have that extra motivation. We also have a responsibility to Norway and Macedonia. It is a serious game for us and so the best players will play. We saw Scotland beat Macedonia on Saturday and they put in a good performance and now this is their last chance. It will be a special game and there will be a great atmosphere."
To that end, the coach is expecting to see a more positive Scotland side from the one which lost 3-0 in Amsterdam in March. "It will be a different team. They will play to win so they will do everything they can," he went on. "Playing here in Scotland, with 50,000 people inside Hampden, it will be a different game from Amsterdam."
Winning all eight games is an extra motivation for me. The players also have that extra motivation. We also have a responsibility to Norway and Macedonia.
A curt Van Marwijk shrugged off the suspension to James McFadden, the Scotland talisman who scored the clincher on Saturday and upon whom many of the Tartan Army's hopes would have been pinned. "They can still play with 11 players, Maloney will play I think," he said. "I will not tell you which players I am concerned about, I will tell my players."
The Dutch were given a boost when Wesley Sneijder declared himself fit although number-one keeper Maarten Stekelenburg remains a doubt with an injured finger.
Inter Milan midfielder Sneijder was taken to hospital after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday's 3-0 friendly win over Japan. However, the 25-year-old trained at Hampden tonight and van Marwijk said: "Sneijder is fit, as is Andre Ooijer. We hoped that Stekelenburg would have recovered better than he did so it is doubtful but a decision will be taken tomorrow morning."
If he is ruled out, van Marwijk has to choose between rookies Michel Vorm, who play for Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem's Piet Velthuizen although it is the former, with only two friendly games for Holland under his belt, who is set to play in his first competitive international.
However, the Dutch boss remained calm about the prospect of throwing an inexperienced keeper in front of a full-house at Hampden. "When the first keeper can't play, then the second keeper comes in. I have confidence in him," he concluded.