Scots call up uncapped duo
Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew and Blackpool winger Matt Phillips have been called into the Scotland squad for the friendly with Slovenia.
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Last Updated: 20/02/12 12:23pm
Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew and Blackpool winger Matt Phillips have been called into the Scotland squad for this month's friendly with Slovenia.
Scotland boss Craig Levein has included the uncapped duo in his 24-man squad for next week's friendly in Slovenia.
Phillips, who has represented England at youth level, qualifies for Scotland through the grandparent rule and he is set to pledge his international future to Scotland.
The Scottish Football Association is awaiting clearance from FIFA to select Phillips in the side to take on Slovenia.
Mulgrew has impressed this season for Celtic and, with the defender being able to play at left-back as well as centre-back, the former Aberdeen man provides versatility to Levein's squad.
Levein admitted he was excited about the potential of Phillips, saying: "I'm very excited about the young lad. Great things are expected of him."
Levein also believes Mulgrew deserves his call-up after injury prevented him including him in the squad for November's friendly win over Cyprus
"He has been in good form," added Levein.
"I tried to bring him into the squad for the game in Cyprus but he had an injury. He deserves to be in the squad. He has been excellent."
Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon also returns to the fold for the first time in nearly a year after recovering from a series of injuries.
Gordon last featured for Scotland in the win over Faroe Islands 15 months ago with a knee injury sidelining him for a lengthy period.
The former Hearts keeper has returned to action in Sunderland's reserves over the last few weeks and Levein has moved to recall him to the squad.
"He's an important player for us," noted Levein. "He's had a terrible time with injury but he's back playing reserve matches and it's a good time to get him involved."
Allan McGregor (Rangers), Craig Gordon (Sunderland), Matt Gilks (Blackpool); Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Russell Martin (Norwich); Charlie Adam (Liverpool), Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Scott Brown (Celtic), Don Cowie (Cardiff), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), James Morrison (West Brom), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds), Barry Robson (Middlesbrough), Matt Phillips (Blackpool); Jamie Mackie (QPR), James Forrest (Celtic), David Goodwillie (Blackburn), Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton), Kenny Miller (Cardiff).