Burley happy with options
George Burley has reported no fresh injury problems ahead of Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Norway.
Last Updated: 08/10/08 12:39pm
George Burley has reported no fresh injury problems ahead of Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Norway on Saturday.
Kenny Miller, Kevin Thomson and Kris Commons have all been forced to pull out but Burley has decided not to call for reinforcements.
He still has 22 players at his disposal and is happy that he will be able to send out a strong side for the Group 9 clash at Hampden Park.
"We've had three players as you know who have had to withdraw," said the Scotland boss.
"But we named 25 players. That's down to 22. You're always aware you might get one or two call-offs.
"Everybody else is fine, all raring to go. At this time, there is no more injury news in the squad, so we've got cover all over the park.
"The way we're going to play is not going to change."
Norway, who drew 2-2 with Iceland in their opening group game, have several injury problems of their own to contend with but Burley is still expecting a stern test.
He said: "Norway are a good side. We've had them watched a number of times.
"I think they're going to come to Hampden certainly to look for a result.
"I think it will be an open game, which will certainly suit us."
Chris Iwelumo, meanwhile, has expressed his desire to make a surprise debut for Scotland.
The Wolves striker has been selected in the squad for the first time and he admits he would relish the opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage.
"I'm a born and bred Scot and I've always wanted to play for my country," he explained.
"I'm just delighted to be here and I'm really buzzing but I want to be involved.
"It's a massive game. These are the games all players want to play and I'm no different."