McNamara blow for Smith
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Walter Smith has named his Scotland squad for the crunch qualifiers.Walter Smith has named his Scotland squad, but a new injury to Jackie McNamara means he will miss matches against Belarus and Slovenia next month.
Callum Davidson has been called up as Smith looks to steady the defence in McNamara's absence, whilst Aberdeen goalkeeper Ryan Esson is included.
Shaun Maloney has been given the nod, and James McFadden will watch from the sidelines as he serves out a suspension against Belarus before returning for the match against Slovenia.
Brian O'Neil is ruled out through injury, but Wolves man Kenny Miller will be keen to continue his sparkling international form.
Squad: Esson (Aberdeen), Gordon (Hearts), Marshall (Celtic), Alexander (Preston), Anderson (Aberdeen), G Caldwell (Hibernian), S Caldwell (Sunderland), Dailly (West Ham), Pressley (Hearts), Webster (Hearts), Weir (Everton), Davidson (Preston), Ferguson (Rangers), Fletcher (Man Utd), Hartley (Hearts), McCann (Southampton), McCulloch (Wigan), Murray (Rangers), Quashie (Southampton), Beattie (Celtic), McFadden (Everton), Maloney (Celtic), Miller (Wolves), O'Connor (Hibernian), Thompson (Rangers).