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Monday, November 8, 1999 Published at 16:58 GMT


Scotland squad guide



Scotland's squad relies on the experience of defender Colin Hendry for his inspirational leadership, while leading scorer John Collins is equally imprtant in midfield.

Battle of Britain
Up front Billy Dodds and Don Hutchison have provided a high proportion of goals in recent matches, as coach Craig Brown haas looked to turn a hard-to-beat side into one which can win more often.


Goalkeepers

Neil Sullivan (Wimbledon)
age 29, caps 11


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Sullivan is an unlikely presence in the Scotland goal - before his debut in May 1997 he had not set foot north of border since visiting his grandmother as a child.

But Brown - clearly influenced by Jack Charlton, who built a whole Republic of Ireland team around second and third-generation ex-patriates - checked out his family tree and gave him a call.

English by birth and upbringing, the Wimbledon keeper is now Scotland's first-choice after Andy Goram and Jim Leighton hung up their international gloves.


Jonathan Gould (Celtic)
age 31, caps 1


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Drafted into the national squad following Goram's shock retirement on the eve of France 98, Gould has established himself as Sullivan's understudy for the No.1 jersey.

And like the Wimbledon keeper, his nationality is far from clear-cut.

London-born, he made his name with English clubs like Halifax, West Brom, Coventry and Bradford, while his father is former Wales manager Bobby Gould.


Robert Douglas (Dundee)
age 27, caps 0


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The retirements of Goram and Leighton have opened up the Scotland goalkeeping picture, with Brown still unclear who is his first-choice back-up to the top two.

"Rab" Douglas made a 100,000 move from Livingston to Dundee in 1997, which was followed by the Division One title and consolidation in the Premier League.

Douglas's role in the Tayside club's revival has been significant.


Alan Main (St Johnstone)
age 31, caps 0


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Main offers Brown yet another goalkeeping option, although 31 is a late age for an uncapped squad member, even a goalkeeper.

He was already in the international reckoning as Saints enjoyed a fine season in 1998/9, winning a European place for the first time in 27 years.

The experience of playing in the Uefa Cup this season helps a player without time on his side.


Defenders

Colin Calderwood (Aston Villa)
age 34, caps 36, goals 1


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The experienced defender has Ossie Ardiles to thank for his top-flight career after the Argentinian took him to Spurs from Swindon.

He had anticipated a move back down the divisions before a transfer deadline move to Villa last spring led to a Premiership revival and an international recall.

Calderwood was forced to cancel a planned coaching course in the summer thanks to Brown's renewed interest.


Christian Dailly (Blackburn)
age 26, caps 18, goals 1


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Came to national prominence with a 1m Premiership move from Dundee United to Derby, after a failed attempt to make one of the first Bosman free transfers in British football.

Dailly is now playing in the Nationwide League with Blackburn after a 5m transfer was ruined by injury and relegation last year.

He made a first appearance for the Scotland under-21 side at the record age of 16 and can play in midfield as well as his preferred central defence role.


Callum Davidson (Blackburn)
age 23, caps 10


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The young full back began his career at St Johnstone, after ending university studies.

He then moved to Ewood Park to join compatriots Billy McKinlay, Colin Hendry and Kevin Gallacher.

Davidson became a regular in the former Premiership side's latter days in the top flight, breaking into Brown's side despite Blackburn's decline.


Colin Hendry (Rangers)
age 33, caps 42, goals 1


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Scotland's leading defender of recent years has won championship medals north and south of the border.

His short spell at Rangers looks set to end as soon as he proves his fitness - hopefully for the Scots in the play-off games.

A former club-mate of Alan Shearer from their time at Blackburn, few know more about the England captain than Hendry.


Jackie McNamara (Celtic)
age 26, caps 9


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Tommy Burns bought McNamara to Celtic from Dunfermline, and he starred under Wim Jansen in the club's sole championship triumph of 1997/8.

He has recently overcome serious knee problems which have given his career a stop-start look over the past 18 months.

But after playing through pain for much of that time he is now fully fit.


Brian O'Neil (Wolfsburg)
age 27, caps 3


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This Glasgow-born defender began his career at Aberdeen before moving back to his home city and Celtic.

But it was a move to the Bundesliga which caught Brown's eye.

Wolfsburg have enjoyed some good times since O'Neil's move, and are alongside some big names in the third round of the Uefa Cup.


Paul Ritchie (Hearts)
age 24, caps 3, goals 1


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The highly-rated central defender is reported to be a target for Premiership and Old Firm clubs.

He is out of contract next summer at Tynecastle, and could leave on a free transfer.

Ritchie was given his first international chance in the summer after Matt Elliot's sending off in the Faroe Islands.


David Weir (Everton)
age 29, caps 17


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Another defender who made his name at Hearts, but left when the club were faced with losing him on a free.

Weir followed Everton boss Walter Smith south to join a significant Scottish contingent at Goodison.

The former Rangers manager had twice tried to bring the utility defender to Ibrox when he was in charge in Glasgow.


Midfielders

Craig Burley (Celtic)
age 28, caps 34, goals 3


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The gap-toothed talisman in Scotland's midfield, Burley remains one of Brown's most influential players.

And that despite an up-and-down career that has seen him struggle at times at club level and occasional clashes with officialdom - including a red card in the last World Cup.

Marginalised at his first club, Chelsea, a move to Celtic proved inspirational, and he was named Scottish Player of the Year in the side's 1997-98 championship season.


Colin Cameron (Hearts)
age 27, caps 3, goals 1


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Skipper of the Edinburgh club, the goalscoring midfielder made his name in Raith Rovers' superb 1994/5 campaign.

It was significant that Hearts struggled last season when Cameron missed much of the campaign due to injury.

A quick player, he had impressed during the previous season's successes, scoring a penalty as Hearts upset Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.


John Collins (Everton)
age 31, caps 56, goals 12


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The international retirement of Gary McAllister has only increased the burden on John Collins, arguably the most talented player in the squad.

Groomed in the hothouse of Celtic Park, his range of passing and eye for an opening saw him rise above the mediocrity of much of Scottish club football.

With Lambert operating as his minder, Collins forged a formidable partnership in the Celtic midfield, before restlessness saw him depart for the bright lights of the Premiership.


Ian Durrant (Kilmarnock)
age 33, caps 18


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A veteran of Walter Smith's all-conquering Rangers side of the early and mid-1990s.

He joined club-mate Ally McCoist in moving to Kilmarnock as the Ibrox club turned to foreign imports under Dick Advocaat.

The move reignited the international career of a player always noted for his passing ability and intellgient play.


Barry Ferguson (Rangers)
age 21, caps 3


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One of the brightest young prospects in Scottish football, Ferguson has looked comfortable alongside the array of foreign imports in Dick Advocaat's Ibrox side.

Starred in the Glasgow club's recent 4-1 mauling of PSV Eindhoven, although he also irritated the club's management by threatening to leave in a contract dispute.

Ferguson recently signed a new deal at the club, and looks set to perform a key role for club and country in the next decade.


Neil McCann (Rangers)
age 25, caps 4


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Winger McCann came from Dundee to star in Hearts' glorious 1997/8 season, before Advocaat made him his first domestic signing at Ibrox.

Enjoyed a fruitful first campaign in Glasgow, cluminating in two crucial title-winning goals in last May's infamous Old Firm game at Celtic Park.

Despite a slight downturn in form this season he is another Scot who is comfortable in multinational Glasgow.


Forwards

Mark Burchill (Celtic)
age 19, caps 2


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While Rangers have Ferguson and McCann, Celtic can boast the man regarded as Scotland's answer to Michael Owen.

He is now set for an increased role for his club after the recent broken leg suffered by Henrik Larsson.

The teenager id not look overawed on his international debut against Lithuania last month, and gives Scotland hope for the future alongside a number of strikers heading towards the end of their careers.


Billy Dodds (Dundee United)
age 30, caps 13, goals 4


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Less then two years ago Dodds was used as a 300,000 makeweight in a deal to take Robbie Winters to Aberdeen.

But his performances during the Tannadice club's revival have helped cement his place in Craig Brown's squad.

In a national side which was always solid but unspectacular, Dodds has added an extra dimension by proving to be a reliable goalscorer at international level.


Kevin Gallacher (Newcastle)
age 32, caps 46, goals 8


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Gallacher's recent move to Newcastle proved that the experienced Bobby Robson valued Alan Shearer's former Blackburn strike partner, even on the wrong side of 30.

Gallacher made his name with Coventry City in England, after playing for Dundee United north of the border.

He lacks some of the pace he once had, but still has a goal poacher's instinct, and is Scotland's only striker with a Premiership winner's medal.


Don Hutchison (Everton)
age 28, caps 5, goals 3


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Combative and versatile, Hutchison established himself as one of Craig Brown's favourites during the Euro 2000 qualifying campaign.

A whole-hearted midfielder for his club, Brown prefers him in a forward role, where his physical presence pays dividends in a side lacking a natural cutting edge.

Overlooked as a hothead during his days with Liverpool and West Ham, he has blossomed at Everton and is now one of Goodison's most reliable performers.


Gary McSwegan (Hearts)
age 29, caps 2, goals 1


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McSwegan made his name at Rangers in the early part of the decade after scoring a famous goal with his first touch as a substitute against Marseille.

He was forced to go south of the border to earn regular first team football, but returned north to Dundee United and then Hearts on a Bosman-style free transfer last season.

The pacey forward's form at Tynecastle finally earnt him a goalscoring international debut against Lithuania this season.





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