Dorrans eyeing Scotland role
West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans admits he faces tough competition if he is to break into the Scotland team.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 22/02/10 8:18pm
In-form West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans admits he faces tough competition if he is to command a regular role with the Scotland national team.
The 22-year-old, who has two caps for country, has bagged 13 goals in all competitions this season prompting talk of a bright international future.
New Scotland boss Craig Levein is expected to name the former Livingston midfielder in his first squad on Monday for next month's friendly with Czech Republic.
Dorrans, whose two caps came against Holland and Japan, realises he has some big names to oust if he is to become an influential figure in the centre of Levein's side.
"Scotland has a strong midfield already with the likes of Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown," Dorrans told the Daily Record.
"Darren is among the best in Europe now and has done it all at Man Utd so he's the type I want to be playing alongside."
Dorrans also refused to rule out a possible return for former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson, who has been offered a way back into the international fold after the dismissal of Levein's predecessor George Burley.
Ferguson had been banned from featuring for his country after a controversial breach of discipline last year, and Dorrans hopes the veteran Birmingham player will offer up his services once more.
"If Barry (Ferguson) makes himself available it'll be even tougher for me to get into the team. But I want the best players available to Scotland to be playing for their country.
"I really hope he decides to come back and play for his country - Craig needs all the best players available for these big games and Barry's certainly one of them.
"Hopefully along the way I can get involved and play beside them in midfield."
Scotland face a tough task in their Euro 2012 qualification group, in which they must get past holders Spain, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Liechtenstein to reach the tournament finals.
There is genuine belief within the Scotland camp that a top-two finish is well within their grasp, and Dorrans is relishing the chance to go up against one of the world's top sides.
"I watched the Euro draw and it's brilliant to think about the prospect of going up against a country like Spain," he said.
"I was involved in the squad before we played Holland at Hampden and although we lost, the buzz around the camp and the atmosphere on the night were amazing.
"Those are the kind of games I want to be part of so hopefully I will get in the team."