Miller backs strike duo
Scotland striker Kenny Miller has backed Kris Boyd and James McFadden to flourish in his absence.
Last Updated: 08/10/08 8:56am
Injured Scotland striker Kenny Miller has backed Kris Boyd and James McFadden to flourish in his absence ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Norway.
Rangers hit-man Miller will be a frustrated spectator at the weekend as a painful hamstring injury prohibits his involvement.
The 28-year-old was desperate to take his place in George Burley's side against the Scandinavians but has been warned to play would risk seriously aggravating his injury.
While conceding he is bitterly disappointed to miss out, Miller believes there is enough quality in Scotland's ranks to claim a win.
"Everyone knows how passionately I feel about playing for Scotland and how much it means to me to wear that dark blue shirt. So to have to sit this one out - a game that means so much? To be honest, I'm absolutely devastated," he told the Daily Record.
"It's such a disappointment to have to pull out of the squad at such a vital moment in the campaign. This isn't just any old match - this is a must-win game for us if we want to be treated seriously as contenders to qualify for the World Cup.
"If we are going to make any kind of impact on the group we have to win our home games-especially those against the likes of Norway who have been earmarked as one of our big rivals for second place behind Holland.
"People ask who will get the goals but I'm not in the slightest bit worried - the answer is staring you in the face.
"Faddy's record is fantastic. We have both picked up 40 caps - he's scored 13 goals and I've got 11.
"Then you consider what Boydie has managed and you have to say it's nothing short of staggering. He's only played 15 games for Scotland - and a lot of them have been as sub - and yet he's racked up seven goals already.
"So I know we are in safe hands."