Miller backs Gers team-mates
Kenny Miller believes club-mates Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor are still worthy of Scotland selection.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 03/04/09 9:55am
Kenny Miller believes Rangers team-mates Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor are still worthy of selection for Scotland.
The pair were initially thought to have been left out of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Iceland for their part in a late-night drinking session following Saturday's 3-0 defeat in Holland.
However, the Gers duo ended up being unused substitutes as Iceland were beaten 2-1 at Hampden.
Miller believes the situation was blown out of proportion and reckons there is still a place for his club-mates in the squad to face Norway on 12th August.
"Of course there is," he said. "People make mistakes and I'm sure arms and legs have been added onto the situation, there is no doubt about that.
"But the boys are well within the best players in this country and we want them playing come August."
Asked if the rest of the squad wanted Ferguson and McGregor to be involved, Miller added: "Of course we did.
"That's obviously down to the manager but, like I say, there has been a lot of arms and legs added on to it and the two boys more than deserved their place in the squad."
Miller insists the episode did not disrupt the team's preparations and the Gers striker was happy with the way Scotland managed to secure the win after the visitors had equalised in the second half.
"It's pleasing to win no matter what," said Miller.
"Obviously, there was pressure put on the management and players because of the events over the last few days but it's something the lads never really thought about.
"We have been preparing for the game properly and we were confident we could win.
"Nobody wants to wake up on the day of a game to front-page headlines about players but it's one of these things that happen in this country.
"We'll just have to deal with it. We got on with it and the lads performed very well and got a good win.
"The last few days have put a bit of a test on that (team morale)," he added.
"But I'm sure the lads will come through it and we'll be firmly focused on the next game against Norway."
First international goals by 22-year-old pair Ross McCormack and Steven Fletcher were enough to give George Burley his first home victory as boss.
When fit, Miller and James McFadden have carried the burden of Scotland's goal-scoring needs over the past five years and Miller is happy a new generation of talent is breaking through.
"There were some great performances," he said. "I think Rossco in particular has done very well again.
"I thought he did well considering how tough the game was on Saturday night, and I'm absolutely delighted for him and Fletch to get their first goal.
"Hopefully that will set us up nicely for the rest of the campaign with these lads coming in and doing well."
Scotland will now aim to cement second spot in Group Nine in Norway before hosting Macedonia and runaway group leaders Holland.
"We've got to get as many points as we can, maybe seven, and if we can get nine that would be great," Miller added.
"First and foremost we have got to try to win the home games but there is no reason why we can't go to Norway and win, like we have already done over the last few years."