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The former Scotland international was speaking at BBC Scotland’s A View from the Euro show to assess the country’s chances of moving ahead from the Euro 2020 group, which includes finalists from the previous World Cup as well as England and the Czech Republic. And he backed the former Hibbs ace and current Aston Villa star to beat his 138-cap Group D rival in this summer’s tournament.
Despite a great history in international football since becoming an independent nation, Croatia has so far defeated Scotland in five matches.
It was defeated 4-2 by France in the final held in Russia three years ago. Although they remain an intimidating prospect, several key players from the previous team are no longer available, including Ivan Rakitic, Vedran Korluka and Mario Mandukic.
He still has a lot of quality in his ranks, including Modric, who at the age of 35 still plays his club football for Real Madrid.
However, Nevin believes Scotland has the quality in midfield to compete with Croatia’s most capped international.
“I recently saw the semi-finals of the Champions League. McGuin vs Modric? To be honest, I’m McGinn all day now.
“Modrick has been one of my favorite players for the last 20 years. But now that she has come of age, see if you can surpass her, no matter how good you are. It will destroy us if we don’t shut it down, but we will shut it down and it will be McGuin as part of the team.
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