Kris Boyd backs Scotland to defy odds against Germany with bold score prediction

Rangers legend Kris Boyd
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Kris Boyd insists Germany won't enjoy playing against Scotland as he backed Steve Clarke's men to upset the odds.

The Scots kick off Euro 2024 against the hosts at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena on Friday night with millions across the world set to tune in. And while Julian Nagelsmann's men are among the tournament's favourites, Boyd is confident Scotland can avoid defeat.

He told Genting Casinos: "The pressure will be on Germany in every game they play. Whether they've come up short previously or not, they'll always fancy themselves. It'll be difficult for Scotland but they'll have the Tartan Army behind them.

"The opening game of the Euros on home soil, there'll definitely be more anticipation that the Germans will rock up and roll over Scotland. Everyone outside of the team will think that but the squad will be focused on the job at hand. Scotland can cause Germany problems. We'd much rather play them first than the third game when they may need a result to go through.

"I can see this game being a draw. It'll be very difficult but being optimistic, hopefully we can pick up a point which will be a fantastic start to the campaign."

A point against Germany would be a dream start in Group A ahead of more favourable fixtures against Switzerland and Hungary. And Boyd reckons the Scots will create history by qualifying for the knockouts for the first time ever.

He said: "I don't see why we can't. Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson are better than the other options in the squad, that's why they play in the Premier League so that is huge, alongside missing Lyndon Dykes but I don't see why Scotland can't advance past the group stages. Even with all the injuries, we've still got the likes of John McGinn and Scott McTominay, this is still a large part of a squad that has been able to fire us to back-to-back European Championships.

"The togetherness of this group is there, they understand each other's game and because of that, I can't see why Scotland won't reach the knockout stages."

Meanwhile Boyd has surprisingly picked out Southampton striker Che Adams as the man who can fire Scotland into the knockouts.

He said "The whole team will go under the radar. Scotland's strength is the team. If I had to single one player out, Che Adams can bring something to the side that not many others can. He'll work his socks off, he's tireless and that'll create space for the likes of McTominay and McGinn. His play style will help the team succeed but the real strength of the team is their togetherness."