Miller backs Whittaker bid
Kenny Miller believes Steven Whittaker is capable of filling in for the injured Callum Davidson.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 07/09/09 10:10am
Kenny Miller believes Rangers team-mate Steven Whittaker is more than capable of filling in for the injured Callum Davidson against Holland on Wednesday.
Davidson limped off with a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday after just 13 minutes with Whittaker coming on to earn only his second international cap.
The Preston captain has now been officially ruled out of the Dutch game and Whittaker looks the favourite to come into the team for the must-win clash.
George Burley's men got their World Cup qualifying hopes back on track at the weekend but they must now beat a Dutch side, who have already qualified for the World Cup finals, if they are to make the play-offs.
"He is just as comfortable on the left side as he is on the right and has two great feet," Miller said.
"He has a great engine and he can offer us something on the left or the right. He gets forward as well as being a good defender and had a couple of good chances himself.
"Maybe he should have passed a couple to me. He did well and if he is given the nod on Wednesday, I'm sure he won't let anybody down."
As well as improving their qualification hopes at the weekend the Macedonia win also eased the pressure on manager Burley.
The former Ipswich boss had gone into the game under the spotlight following the embarrassing 4-0 defeat in Norway last time out.
However midfielder Darren Fletcher highlighted that the players were all behind the boss.
"Of course - every game you want to go and play for your manager," he explained.
"And the players have had great respect for George Burley in this campaign, because of the way he's taken the brunt of the criticism, he's always shielded the players and taken it himself.
"He's never let it affect him, he's been positive every time we've met up, he's backed the players - he's been great.
"Obviously, we want to win for ourselves, we want to win for the fans, we want to win for everyone, and for the manager as well."