Levein ponders Mackie call
Craig Levein has admitted Jamie Mackie is in the frame for a first Scotland call-up next month.
Last Updated: 25/09/10 12:34pm
Craig Levein has admitted Jamie Mackie is in the frame for a first Scotland call-up against Czech Republic and Spain next month.
Levein is currently considering his options for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers and has a dilemma over what to do up front, with James McFadden sidelined because of a knee injury.
Mackie has emerged as a strong contender to make the squad after starting the season in superb form for Queens Park Rangers.
The 24-year-old was born in England but qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandparents and has already stated his desire to play international football 'in any capacity'.
Levein has now hinted that he will turn to Mackie after being impressed by his performances at club level.
In a statement, Levein said: "Jamie is a player we have been aware of for some time and we have monitored his progress at QPR.
"He has had a tremendous start to the season and is a striker in form, which is a significant factor in us taking a closer look at him with a view to the forthcoming double header.
"I will not name the squad until Thursday so don't want to start speculating about this player or that player, but Jamie's name has now appeared in the media and he is one who is eligible to play for Scotland.
"I am sure he will be an asset to our squad should he be selected, but at this stage I do not want to say too much more other than his goalscoring record speaks for itself."