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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK

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Coach Craig Brown suffered a huge setback in March when captain Gary McAllister damaged his cruciate ligaments.

The Coventry midfielder will not play, but he is going to France to rally the squad.

Blackburn's Kevin Gallacher has taken over the goal-scoring mantle with relish since Everton's Duncan Ferguson quit international football.

Gallacher's seven goals in Scotland's World Cup campaign secured their place in France as the best runner-up in the European section.

Former European Golden Boot winner Ally McCoist has returned from injury and remains a candidate up front at the age of 35. Darren Jackson is also back to top form after brain surgery in September. He marked his comeback in December with a goal for Celtic.

Scott Booth is also recovering from a spate of injuries and scoring freely at Utrecht. But Craig Brown admits he has problems finding the right formula up front.

Success has been built on a strong defence. At 39, veteran keeper Jim Leighton is having a great season and should pip Andy Goram as first-choice goalie.

Blackburn's Colin Hendry is the central figure. Colin Calderwood has proved his worth as a man-marker and Derby's Christian Dailly has slotted in alongside him.

David Weir of Hearts is another option while Billy McKinlay plays an anchor role in midfield.

Paul Lambert and John Collins' experience overseas will be invaluable in midfield. Lambert won a European Cup medal with Borussia Dortmund before moving to Celtic, while Collins has enjoyed two successful seasons with French champions Monaco after moving from the Glasgow club.

Leicester defender Matt Elliott was Scotland's surprise newcomer in 1997. Roehampton-born Elliott, whose only visit to Scotland was at the age of nine prior to joining the squad for training in November, qualifies by virtue of his Glaswegian grandmother.

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