Scotland players can prove doubters wrong, says Craig Brown

Former boss Craig Brown has sounded a rallying call for the Scotland players to prove their doubters wrong.

Brown was the last man to lead the national side to a major tournament and believes Craig Levein's current side have not experienced good fortune.

Scotland sit bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with two points after four matches.

"Until it's mathematically impossible, the Scots will fight - I'm hoping this group of players battle," said Brown.

"Things can turn. I just hope the national team proves everyone wrong and goes on a run of victories."

And Brown has urged the players to try to emulate famous Scots in other sports, like tennis player Andy Murray and golfer Paul Lawrie.

Scotland coach Craig Levein

Levein is under pressure but has received backing from Brown amongst others in the game

"In one of the tournaments recently, Andy Murray was two sets down, won three sets in a row," highlighted the Aberdeen manager.

"He was written off at two sets down.

"Paul Lawrie was 10 shots behind when he won the Open at Carnoustie in the last round. You wouldn't have given tuppence for his chances.

"That's the Scots' resilience, we're a nation of fighters."

Levein has been criticised for his record of three wins from 12 competitive matches and some supporters and former Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith feel now may be the right time for a change in management.

However, the players , Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon and the Scottish FA's performance director Mark Wotte have given Levein their backing.

"It's not pleasant when you're getting abuse," said Brown.

"I think it's happened to most managers that they get a bit of criticism from the media and from the fans, so you've got to overcome that and do the best you can under the circumstances."

Scotland lost from a winning position against Wales last Friday, with Gareth Bale scoring twice, before Belgium beat Levein's side 2-0 on Tuesday.

"We haven't got Gareth Bale, admittedly, but we can compensate for that with a good, hard-working, organised team with getting a little bit of luck," added Brown.

"We definitely need some good fortune. I don't think we've had any."