Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass is hoping to transfer his impressive record against man of the moment Gareth Bale to the international stage.

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Snodgrass could win his ninth cap for Scotland in the World Cup qualifying match against Wales at Hampden Park on Friday night (8pm).

It would pit him against Tottenham’s Bale for the fourth time this season, and he has yet to finish on the losing side after two 1-1 Premier League draws for the Canaries and a home victory in the Capital One Cup.

Snodgrass scored a late equaliser against Spurs at White Hart Lane in September, while Bale scored in both Carrow Road fixtures.

The former Leeds man is a candidate for a place in national team boss Gordon Strachan’s starting line-up after playing 45 minutes in the 1-0 friendly win over Estonia last month.

Bale scored the winner for the Welsh when the countries met in Cardiff in October, and has 25 goals for club and country this season.

The 25-year-old Snodgrass – who missed Scotland’s defeats by Wales and Belgium through injury – admitted: “Bale’s in a side that is in the top four in the Premier League. He’s got great players round about him, but he’s carrying Spurs right now. He’s unbelievable.

“However, I’ve played against him three times this season with Norwich and I’m undefeated.

“We got two draws in the league and beat them 2-1 in the League Cup.

“Bale did score a wonder goal against us at Carrow Road in January, and that 30 seconds showed just what he can do.

“He’s shown that on a number of occasions this season.

“So we need to watch him closely because he’s at the top of his game right now.”

However, Snodgrass, whose only defeat playing against Bale came with Leeds in an FA Cup replay against Tottenham in 2010, is not losing any sleep over taking him on again.

The City star is more concerned with what he can contribute to Scotland’s bid for a miracle recovery in Group A.

He told the Glasgow Evening Times: “You are required to do a job. For me, if I’m attacking, I’m not going to be worrying about Gareth Bale.

“I’m going to be concerned with what I can do to affect the game. That’s why you’re in the team.

“Whatever way the manager sets Scotland up, it won’t be to stop Bale. It will be to try and win a football match.

“We’re at home, there will be a big crowd at Hampden, and there is no better feeling.”

Both countries will be battling to make their encounter more than merely a wooden spoon affair as they occupy the bottom two places in the qualifying group after four matches. Brazil 2014 seems a long way off, with Scotland on two points and Wales on three – while Belgium and Croatia have 10 points each at the top.

But Snodgrass – who scored in his first Hampden international appearance against Denmark last year – will do his utmost to keep Scotland’s slender qualifying hopes alive.

He said: “If you aren’t mentally and physically driven for these games, then there’s no point being a footballer.

“It should not take a manager to try to gee you up. You should be ready anyway, in my opinion.

“The manager will do his bit. But as soon as you cross that white line, it’s up to you as a player to affect the game.”

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18 comments

  • Thats the one Brew, and it was a cracking tackle

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Perhaps Snoddy's expression , as referred to elsewhere, can be explained by looking forward to playing for his national team. A team that struggles to beat ae egg

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • According to a Beeb item, a former Scottish International has opined that Bale "cannot run without legs". So that`s how football should be played, then? Gross.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Tough, Tough Snoddy, U left ur club with the peices of silver, - and its got u to "2nd tier club with no history or thoroughbred' Still u have ur wages have a happy life in no-mans land. Ha,Ha,Ha. We are going up watch you at the BOTTOM.

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    WhackyJackie.USA.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

  • If MacMaimaman is excused by reason of youthful exuberance, can Holty be let off any future naughtiness on grounds of Senior Moments? The likes of Giggs would have total immunity.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

  • Hi, Wiv - you mean the Calumny MacMaimaman way? :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • I would answer that post if I could understand it!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • As long as he avoids McMaimaman's "youthful exuberance" I'll be happy. Lambo should be grateful for the favour we do him on Sarurday.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

  • I bet Scotland wish they could get to quarter finals then lose!

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Yes, Snods has a face like a well skelped airse at times.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Oscar Pistorius seemed to manage.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Didn't quite work out for Snods last night. Oh well! T least he got sent of playing for Salmond's lot and not NCFC. Still available for Wigan.

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

  • Brew, its called playing the Wigan way !!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • We have a great history with SCOTTISH players, the best and the greatest of the. SNODDY, want me to name a few, or do u have the decency t remember the names of the many!' YOU are NOT one of them. Go hide yourself.

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    WhackyJackie.USA.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

  • Johnny Giles would have been proud of it.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Thats the one Brew, and it was a cracking tackle

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Gross, grosser, grossest. Great, isn`t it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • We used to call it "The Leeds Defence".

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 22, 2013

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