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Thursday, 28 March, 2002, 05:03 GMT
Player problems for Vogts
Gary Holt in training with Berti Vogts
Gary Holt (right) was not injured when replaced
BBC Sport Online's Clive Lindsay reports from Paris.

Scotland midfielder Gary Holt was taken off by mistake during Wednesday night's 5-0 thrashing by world champions France.

And team-mate Rab Douglas has made it clear to manager Berti Vogts that he was not happy at being left on the bench.

Holt was only on the Stade de France pitch for 29 minutes as a substitute for Colin Cameron before he was replaced himself.

Vogts said after the match that it was because the Norwich City man had picked up a thigh strain.

But Holt says he had been trying to tell assistant manager Tommy Burns that it was Dominic Matteo who was injured.


It was a misunderstanding
Gary Holt
"It was a bit of a misunderstanding to be honest," said Holt, who was replaced by Jackie McNamara.

"I've had a slight thigh strain and Dominic Matteo said to me during the game he was struggling with his calf and to tell Tom.

"So I told him he was struggling and the next thing the board has gone up and they thought I was struggling.

"It was a misunderstanding, but these things happen and you just have to get on with it.

"But, at the end of the day, I won't say anything again when someone tells me they're struggling"

Vogts also left Douglas feeling hard done by.

The Celtic goalkeeper had initially been reluctant to travel to France as his wife was expecting a baby.

Keen to win his first cap, Douglas travelled after the Scottish Football Association put in place special travel arrangements to return him home should she go into labour.

Celtic's Rab Douglas
Rab Douglas had been promised a cap
But baby Brooke arrived quicker than expected and he missed the birth.

He was also left annoyed not to win his first cap.

Vogts decided not to replace Neil Sullivan, despite having seven substitutions available.

Douglas and Vogts were involved in a long and animated discussion in the departure lounge as the Scotland squad prepared to return for Glasgow.

Celtic colleague and Scotland captain Paul Lambert then also took Douglas aside for a chat.

Scotland's unhappy night had continued at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where their flight was delayed by one and a quarter hours by a computer failure that struck Britain's new air traffic control system.

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