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Fired-up Scotland feel on top of the world

By Gavin McCafferty

James McArthur believes Scotland can show they play football the right way when they take on the world champions after Germany striker Lukas Podolski claimed they would play a "dirty game".

Podolski gave a withering assessment of Scotland's strengths after Germany's 4-2 defeat by Argentina on Wednesday night.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan attributed the quote to a mis-translation as he described the Arsenal forward as a "gentleman".

And McArthur was also diplomatic as he stressed the Scots would continue to produce the football that has shot them up the Fifa rankings under Strachan.

Scotland will take the field in Dortmund tomorrow protecting a year-long unbeaten record which has seen them bag wins in Macedonia, Norway and Poland.

McArthur, who completed a £7million move from Wigan to Crystal Palace last Monday, said: "We'll go over there and try to play the way we want to play. Under the new manager we have been trying to get the ball down and play, and we will try and do that over there as well. The manager has done a hell of a lot for us. He has got us playing the right way, we look organised and the team spirit is excellent. We work really hard for each other.

"Those are traits of club football and he has taken that on to the international scene. We have come a long way."

Scotland have also won in Croatia under Strachan. And there is a belief in the camp that they could upset the World Cup winners.

"It's going to be a great test against the world champions," McArthur said. "We'll be going there to try to get a win."

The absence of the injured Scott Brown could give McArthur a chance to start, while Manchester United's Darren Fletcher has already been named captain.

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