Scotland manager Berti Vogts handed call-ups to two of the Old Firm's brightest young stars when he named a 26-man squad for next week's friendly match with the Republic of Ireland.
Matteo and Hutchison back
Vogts has enlisted the talents of 22-year-old Rangers FC defender Bob Malcolm and Celtic FC winger Jamie Smith while also recalling more established stars in Leeds United AFC captain Dominic Matteo and West Ham United FC midfield player Don Hutchison after injury.
Malcolm has been a consistent performer for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League this season, helping them to top spot in the table. Smith, also 22, has caught Vogts's eye in his last three club matches and has been included for his pace and craft on the flank.
Wolves duo return
The friendly game at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 12 February also sees the return of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC duo Colin Cameron and Kenny Miller. Cameron has not played since last March's 5-0 defeat by France while Miller has never been selected by Vogts.
This will be the last chance for Vogts to assess form before Iceland come calling on 29 March for a UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 5 qualifier. Vogts said: "Jamie Smith comes in for the first time and this is a big chance for him - he's quick and has good touch and has impressed me over the last three games. Malcolm too has developed as a player this season and is playing with more confidence than ever."
Praise for Ferguson
Vogts has earmarked Hutchison for a striking role against Iceland, especially as Steven Thompson will be suspended for that match. He also took the opportunity to praise Barry Ferguson, the Rangers captain, claiming he was good enough to play for Real Madrid CF.
Douglas, Gallacher, Sullivan, Alexander, Anderson, S Caldwell, Dailly, Malcolm, Matteo, Pressley, Ross, Cameron, Gemmill, McNamara, Devlin, Ferguson, Lambert, Naysmith, Smith, Crawford, Dobie, Hutchison, Kyle, McCann, Miller, Thompson.
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