SCOTLAND aren't usually regarded as a reliable pick but tonight they should be trusted to beat Northern Ireland.

I have one out of one in the Carling Nations Cup after the Republic of Ireland beat Wales last night and it would be good to keep up the 100 per cent record.

The Scots and Irish have both lost players but Craig Levein's side still looks strong with his 11 all plying their trade in the top flights of Scotland, England and Turkey.

He's got the likes of in-form Premier League stars Charlie Adam and James Morrison, SPL performers Allan McGregor and Kris Commons and of course Kenny Miller up front.

Miller has made a stunning start to like at Bursaspor with three goals on his first two starts.

He's been made captain in the absence of Darren Fletcher and looks a decent bet at 5-1 with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power to score first.

There could be nine Celtic and Rangers players on show in the Carling Nations Cup tie – three days after their explosive Scottish Cup clash at Ibrox.

Celtic are represented by Brown, Kris Commons, Mark Wilson, Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt while Rangers have Steven Naismith, McGregor, David Healy and Steven Davis.

William Hill are offering 1-2 an Old Firm players scores and 6-4 none are on target. At least five players must start in Dublin or bets are void.

However, Scotland's hero Miller or another former Old Firm star Adam could steal their thunder.

The Blackpool skipper has netted in his sides' last two matches despite being prevented from a deadline-day megabucks move to Liverpool or Spurs. Adam is 12-1 with Hills and 5-1 to net at any time.

Commons, who scored on his Old Firm debut, is 12-1 with Hills while Rangers new boy Healy is 15-2 at bet365.

The game's not much more than a friendly but on paper Scotland have the better players and should win as long as they match the Irish spirit.

Scotland are a biggest 13-10 with Coral and Hills with the Irish 12-5 at Chandler and the draw 9-4 with Hills.


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