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'We need to get back to winning ways' - Gilmour

Billy Gilmour says Scotland have to “get back to winning ways” after going five games without a victory.

Scotland have drawn two and lost three in recent times, albeit the defeats have come against Spain, France and England.

Speaking on the eve of a friendly with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder argues that his team need to return to the way they played during the qualifiers for the Euros.

“We lost to top, top teams and we had injuries, but we definitely don’t want to be pushovers and easy to play against us," he said. "We want to get back to the way we started the campaign, which was being hard to break down and not conceding easy goals.”

Scotland have the Dutch on Friday and then Northern Ireland on Tuesday at Hampden.

“Two massive games coming up,” Gilmour says. “We want to get back to winning ways after five without a win. The Netherlands will be a tough opponent, but I think we’re in a good place.

“There’s lots of positivity. All players are playing well, everybody is bringing good energy and we’re hoping to get two wins this week.

“We’ve got great players - [Andy] Robertson, Scotty [McTominay], [John] McGinn and I’m learning a lot from these guys. It’s exciting times.”

Gilmour says he feels more a part of this group than he did when Scotland made the last Euros.

“When I came into it the last time, I thought I was coming for the experience and to be around the squad, but this time I have played a much better part in qualifying," he adds. "I’ve been in most of the squads, played a lot of the games and being called up is real honour.

“We have definitely improved as a team. There’s a togetherness and a better understanding of how everyone plays and that comes from the manager. The squad is really close.”