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Scotland's Euro Dreams in Safe HandsNeil AlexanderRangers' highly-rated keeper, Neil Alexander says the country's goalkeeping talent could be the key to restoring Scottish international pride.For the Tartan Army faithful, the disappointment was all too clear. Their worst fears confirmed as Scotland joined Spain and the Czech Republic in Group I - the 'Group of Death' at the Euro 2012 draw.Craig Levein's arrival has brought with it renewed optimism North of the border. But his brave new world will begin with a baptism of fire against two of the giants of European football.However Glasgow Rangers' Neil Alexander believes his countrymen stand a genuine chance of success - especially with Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor in the squad."There's no doubting we face an uphill task in qualifying for Poland and Ukraine. But in Gordon and McGregor, we've got two goalies who are amongst the finest in Europe, says the 31-year old keeper."Craig has everything, the physique, the presense and the technique. He produced some terrific performances for Scotland in the last campaign and he's getting more experienced all the time."There's some good young keepers in the SPL, but if he stays fit, I can see Craig being Scotland's number one for the next 10 or 12 years.INTERVIEWEuro 2012 qualifying groups:Group A:Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, AzerbaijanGroup B:Russia, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, AndorraGroup C:Italy, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Estonia, Faroe IslandsGroup D:France, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, LuxembourgImage courtesy of Rangers FC

"I think he's had a difficult start at Sunderland. He was transferred for a huge sum of money and has been unlucky with injuries. Added to that, he's playing against many of the best players in the world. But there's no questioning his quality and we're lucky to have him," said the fiercely proud Scot.Ready ReplacementAnd in Allan McGregor, Neil believes Scotland have a world class ready replacement."I'd heard how good Allan was before I arrived at Rangers. But you've no idea just how good he is until you see him up close."He works hard each and every day on the training pitch to improve his technique" said Neil, who represented his country at Under 18, 19, 20 and 21s - and has 3 full caps for his country - a source of great pride.Repeated speculation linking Neil with a move away from Ibrox was an unwelcome distraction during the latest transfer window."Sometimes it's difficult being a number two and only playing every so often. But I came to Rangers knowing Allan was number one and whilst I'm improving and learning as a keeper, I'm happy," said Neil who joined the club in 2008 after seven seasons with Cardiff City and Ipswich Town.Walter's tributeManager Walter Smith was delighted Neil chose to stay with the 'Gers. And earlier in the season admitted it has been awkward repeatedly leaving out his No2, despite the keeper not having put a foot wrong."As a manager, you stand or fall by those decisions," he said. "But it is awkward, considering that he's a terrific professional," said Smith."He's not let the disappointment prevent him applying himself to the game. He's been excellent for us when he's come in and played." A solid performance as a second half substitute against Switzerland in 2006 guaranteed his place in the Scottish team which won the Kirin Cup later that year - playing both matches against Bulgaria and Japan.So far this season, Neil's made five appearances (Ed: Neil made his 6th appearance in the CSI Cup Final victory over St Mirren helping Rangers to a clean sheet in a 1-0 win with only 9 men!) for the 'Gers in the League Cup and SPL and boasts five wins, with only two goals conceded."It looks like the club will offer me a new deal in the summer. It's a magnificent club and I get on great with Allan. Hopefully I provide some competition to help him become a better player."Although born and bred in Edinburgh, the lad who used to watch Hearts as a kid says he has no burning ambition to return to Tynecastle as a player... at least not yet!"As a family we're all very settled in Glasgow. I spent a long time getting the chance to come to a club like Rangers, so I'm not in a rush to get away."Group E:Holland, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, San MarinoGroup F:Croatia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Georgia, MaltaGroup G:England, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Wales, MontenegroGroup H:Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, IcelandGroup I:Spain, Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania, Liechtenstein Scotland's World Cup Record1930: Did not enter1934: Did not enter1938: Did not enter1950: Withdrew1954: Round one1958: Round one1962: Did not qualify1966: Did not qualify1970: Did not qualify1974: Round one1978: Round one1982: Round one1986: Round one1990: Round one1994: Did not qualify1998: Round one2002: Did not qualify2006: Did not qualify European Championships1960-64: Did not enter1968-88: Did not qualify1992: Round one1996: Round one2000: Did not qualify2004: Did not qualify2008: Did not qualify Scotland squad vs Czech Republic (3 March):Neil Alexander - RangersCraig Gordon - SunderlandDavid Marshall - Cardiff CityPersonal Detailsl DOB: 10/03/1978 l Age: 31 l POB: Edinburghl Height: 6'1l Weight: 11st 7lbs l Team: Rangersl Married: Yes, to Joannel Kids: Holly 6 Olivia 2l Drives: Range Rover Sportl Holiday: Florida and Dubail Must have on holiday: mobilel Golf handicap: 12l Reads: mainly sportsautobiographiesl What's on the CD: Eminem,50 centImage courtesy of Rangers FC