MIDFIELDER 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 when speaking to BBC Scotland 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 on Sunday protecting a year-long unbeaten record which has seen them record wins in Macedonia, Norway and Poland.
McArthur, who completed a reported £7 million move from Wigan to Crystal Palace on 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, a result which breathed confidence into the squad.
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. “Every player wants to play against them.
“We’ll be going there to try to get a win, there’s no doubt about that.
“We know it’s going to be tough but you want to win every game you play in and if you don’t you shouldn’t be playing football.”
The absence of the injured Scott Brown could give McArthur a chance to make his first international start since the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Croatia in Zagreb in June 2013, although Darren Fletcher has already been named captain and Charlie Mulgrew has performed well in central midfield in recent games for his country.
The 26-year-old, who has 15 caps, said: “Everyone wants to play but I understand there are top players here as well. I just need to keep working hard and hopefully get the chance.
“It’s up to the manager who he chooses, all I can do is try and make it hard for him.”