FORMER Hearts winger Deividas Cesnauskis stressed today that Lithuania are determined to beat the Czech Republic tonight and help Scotland towards the Euro 2012 play-offs.
Citing personal pride as their prime motivation, Cesnauskis said that aiding Scotland’s cause would be a bonus for the Lithuania players.
Should the Czechs lose in Kaunas, Scotland would automatically secure the play-off place in Group I regardless of their fortunes against Spain.
“We fight for our pride now,” said Cesnauskis, who is attempting to overcome illness to play for his country this evening. “If we win it would be very good to help Scotland. But I don’t think about Scotland when I am playing in this game, I only think about giving my best so that Lithuania can do something and win the game.
“It would be great for Lithuania to win and it would make us happy. If we can help Scotland, okay, it would be great. We will just go out to play football. Helping Scotland is a bonus, and then maybe next time we are in the same group Scotland will say ‘thankyou very much’.”
Lithuania beat the Czechs 1-0 in Olomouc last year but coach Raimondas Zutautas has hinted that he may field a younger side tonight, which may include the current Hearts winger Arvydas Novikovas.