Scotland gear up for IFA World Cup bow in China

The Scotland squad en route to China.

The IFA Scotland team is gearing up for their shot at the World Cup in China this week.

The Scots flew out to Asia at the weekend and take on New Zealand on Tuesday in their final pre-tournament friendly before getting into the real action 24 hours later in Jiangmen.

And the players admit the first game will be a learning curve as they face India in Group B on Wednesday in the International Futsal Alliance competition.

Dundee West’s Jordan Timmons told the Evening Telegraph before the squad headed out: “The first couple of games will be about sussing the opponents out but we’re looking forward to it.

“We know a couple of boys in our squad that we’ve played against in the Super League play-offs and the Scottish Cup. It’ll be a decent standard.”

Shirts v Skins: The Scotland players get used to the surroundings in China.

Another West representative, Eoin Boylan, who heads to China in a coaching capacity added: “I don’t know what the standard is. I think everybody is going to be quite unknown for us.

“There will be some very good teams, obviously, and there may be some difference in abilities, too.

“Some teams will be far more experienced than others.”

The IFA Scotland team in training in Jiangmen, China.

To complete the West contingent in the Far East, 18-year-old Rob Black insists, despite the element of unknown, the Scots are confident.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ve had a lot of training together and the team’s been gelling really well. We don’t really know much about the other teams but we’re full of confidence that we can beat anyone out there.”

Scotland face Australia on Thursday and then Mexico on Friday before, hopefully, moving on to the semi-finals and final at the weekend.

The full Scotland squad is as follows: Adam Naylor, Andrew Stavert, Ciaran Pugh, Gavin Ogilvie, Jordan Timmons, Ryan Kecheran, Louie Anderson, Martin McCann, Paul Byrne, Robbie Hurst, Robert Black. Coaching staff: Russell Taylor and Eoin Boylan.

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