Burley's squad given boost
George Burley is happy to have Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton in his squad to face Argentina.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 11/11/08 8:45pm
Scotland manager George Burley has stated that it feels great to finally have Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton available for selection.
Scotland face Argentina in a friedly next Wednesday at Hampden Park and will be boosted by the pair' presence after they have both recently recovered from long-term injuries.
The Rangers skipper is yet to play under Burley but is close to full fitness after making his comeback in recent weeks and Burley admits he will stay in close contact with the 30-year-old before the squad meets up.
He said: "I don't think he is 100% fit yet. But there are another two games that Rangers have to play so we will be looking at that carefully.
"He got 35 minutes against Kilmarnock on Sunday, so it's a case of looking at it and speaking to Barry. But it's great to include him in the squad."
Burley has also been in close contact with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp over Hutton's availability and confirms there have been no worries with the full-back.
If Hutton does play then it will be his first appearance in a Scotland shirt since the Croatia game in March.
He said: "I spoke to Harry Redknapp yesterday and he said Alan is fully fit."
Burley is also confident that Cardiff City striker Ross McCormack will recover from a slight hamstring tear in time to join up with the rest of the squad.
He said: "I was watching on TV when he went off with a hamstring injury and I feared the worst, but he is back in full training now."
McCormack has scored 12 goals already this season and the Scotland manager knows how important he is to the international cause.
He added: "Ross is a young player in terrific form. Fingers crossed he will come through his next game with no injury."
Celtic captain Stephen McManus is back in the squad after sitting out against Norway through suspension while Burley has reassured David Weir that despite not featuring in this squad he would be involved in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The only other noticeable absentee is Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson who appears to be out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and Burley sent out a message of support.
He added: "Kevin was very much in our thoughts. I really felt for the boy. We have just got to keep our fingers crossed he recovers quickly."