Berra: Players are behind Levein

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Christophe Berra is adamant Scotland are moving in the right direction

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Christophe Berra is adamant Scotland are moving in the right direction

Defender Christophe Berra still believes Scotland are moving in the right direction under Craig Levein despite sitting rock bottom of their World Cup qualifying group.

Defeat to Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday night leaves the Scots with just two points from four games - the only nation in the section without a win so far - and little hope of booking a place at Brazil in 2014.

Levein was criticised following last month's double-header after opening the campaign with draws against Serbia and Macedonia at Hampden.

And the pressure on the manager has only intensified in the wake of Friday's defeat in Wales and the 2-0 loss in Belgium, but, even if the headlines do not make kind reading for Levein, Berra claims the players still have faith in his ability as national team boss.

He said: "In club football, international football, whatever line of work you are in, if you're not getting results, there is going to be speculation that puts people under pressure. But the boys enjoy being in the squad, training and playing, and we're going in the right direction.

"The boys like working under the manager and I think he's done well for us.

"I know it's a results-based game but we think, at the moment, we've got one of the most talented Scottish groups for a long time. In the end, we are the ones who go on the pitch and try to win the games."

The Wolves centre-half added: "If you ask anyone, everyone likes turning up.

"It's a media-driven world at times and whatever makes the back pages, the fans will read, the whole country will read and they will take their views from that. But you've got to take the views of the players and we all enjoy it and feel we are going in the right direction and just need that bit of luck.

"It's a results-driven business but we are all behind the manager."

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