Big Eck happy with options
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Scotland manager Alex McLeish is happy with his striking options.
Scotland manager Alex McLeish is happy with his striking options ahead of the upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers with Georgia and Italy.
The pressure is on McLeish to use the platform built by Walter Smith, as Scotland go into their two qualifiers sat at the top of Group B.
McLeish has selected Celtic duo Craig Beattie and Kenny Miller, Rangers forward Kris Boyd and Aston Villa's Shaun Maloney, as injuries have deprived him of James McFadden and Garry O'Connor.
Some have suggested that the Scots could struggle for goals, but McLeish has the utmost confidence in his players.
McLeish said: "Lee McCulloch can play up front as well and there is no doubt we could have picked more strikers.
"But I felt you always need more cover in midfield areas and certainly defensively. How many strikers do you put in and does it cost you to the detriment of the rest of the team?
"So it's difficult to put any more in.
"We like to think we have the capacity to score in open play and I don't have any worries about Kenny Miller not scoring for Celtic.
"I think he has done a fantastic job for Scotland and he is certainly in our thoughts.
"Maloney has played the last two games (for Villa) so he is consistently in the team. We will assess him again this week.
"Beattie has had a good month, or certainly last month."