Levein hails Goodwillie
Craig Levein has praised David Goodwillie after calling the Dundee United striker into his Scotland squad.
Last Updated: 11/11/10 7:12pm
Craig Levein hopes David Goodwillie can transfer his domestic form onto the international stage after calling the Dundee United striker into his Scotland squad.
Goodwillie was dropped by Dundee United boss, and Scotland assistant, Peter Houston for the weekend trip to Hamilton after being arrested days earlier following an alleged disturbance in Glasgow city centre.
But the 21-year-old came off the bench to score the only goal and continue his recent impressive record.
Levein made several attempts to force Goodwillie to concentrate on football and behave off the field while United manager, and he admitted he might have left the forward out of his squad had he faced court last week rather than being released without charge.
But Levein, who also called up Goodwillie's Scotland Under 21 colleagues Danny Wilson and Barry Bannan for the friendly against Faroe Islands, could not leave out a striker who has scored eight goals in 11 games.
"I picked David on the fact I'm looking for a goalscorer," Levein said.
"His recent record is fantastic. I've no doubt David has a bit of growing-up to do, both off the field and on the field, but I do think he can add something to this group.
"Everybody who is in this group has an opportunity to impress. We do rely quite heavily on the likes of Kenny Miller for goals and it would be good to find a younger one who could take us forward.
"David's goalscoring stats are pretty impressive for someone so young."
Wilson has struggled to make the breakthrough at Liverpool since making the move to Anfield over the summer but Levein thinks the 18-year-old has a bright future.
"I see Danny Wilson as somebody who will be a Scottish international on a regular basis in the years ahead," he explained.
"I want to get a chance to work with him for two or three days. I'm aware of the fact he's not playing. A lot of these guys are playing regularly and playing very well.
"But I want to get a look at him in training and just get to know him a little bit."
Burke and Commons
Cardiff winger Chris Burke and Derby wide-man Kris Commons have also won recalls for the Pittodrie clash on Tuesday.
Levein added: "Chris Burke is playing very well for Cardiff. They are up at the top end of the table, in no small measure through his performances.
"Kris Commons is on fire, he is scoring a lot of goals. He is one who I tried to bring into the squad earlier but he had an injury."
Meanwhile, Levein has not totally given up on his quest to persuade Andy Carroll to play for Scotland.
But he expects the in-form Newcastle striker, who has a Scottish grandmother, to be selected for the England squad for next week's friendly against France after being left out of Stuart Pearce's Under 21 plans.
When asked if he would continue his pursuit, Levein replied: "If he's not involved in this England squad, then yes. I spoke to his agent last week. We'll see, but the lad, in all likelihood, will be involved in this England squad."