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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 January 2007, 12:17 GMT
Gow & McGregor given Scots chance
Allan McGregor
McLeish has returned to former club Rangers for McGregor
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Falkirk striker Alan Gow have been given their first call-ups by new Scotland manager Alex McLeish.

Both are included in an 18-man B squad to face Finland on Wednesday 7 February at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.

And McGregor is also included in a 30-man senior squad that will gather in Ayrshire for two days from Sunday.

But McLeish decided against a recall for Lokomotiv Moscow's Garry O'Connor, who played under him with Hibernian.

The striker has clearly not been forgiven for failing to meet with the squad ahead of Scotland's trip to Ukraine and then not contacting previous boss Walter Smith to explain.

However, McLeish, who took charge of Scotland 24 hours earlier, did say that he wants to hold talks with O'Connor.

There was also no place in the squad for Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall, who has recently joined Norwich City on loan in search of first-team football.

Everton's James McFadden and Rangers' Andy Webster are included in the 30-man party despite being injured.

There are also recalls for a number of players, including Steven Caldwell, Kevin McNaughton, Richard Hughes, Ian Murray and Steven Thompson.

New Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson, former Hibernian team mate Scott Brown, plus Celtic forwards Shaun Maloney and Derek Riordan, must make do with places in the B squad to face Finland.

It is primarily aimed at giving players on the fringes of the senior squad a chance to impress.

The most experienced in the squad is Norwich goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, who is also in the senior squad that will meet on Sunday for training.

Experienced coaches Alex Smith and Bobby Williamson will take the side against Finland, allowing McLeish to assess the players from the stand.


Scotland squad for team get-together on Sunday and Monday
Goalkeepers: C Gordon (Hearts), N Alexander (Cardiff), P Gallacher (Norwich), A McGregor (Rangers)
Defenders: G Alexander (Preston), R Anderson (Aberdeen), G Caldwell (Celtic), S Caldwell (Sunderland), C Dailly (West Ham United), S McManus (Celtic), K McNaughton (Cardiff), G Murty (Reading), G Naysmith (Everton), R Neilson (Hearts), S Pressley (Celtic), A Webster (Wigan), D Weir (Rangers)
Midfielders: B Ferguson (Rangers), D Fletcher (Manchester United), P Hartley (Hearts), R Hughes (Portsmouth), L McCulloch (Wigan), I Murray (Rangers), Nigel Quashie (West Ham), S Severin (Aberdeen), G Teale (Derby County)
Forwards: K Boyd (Rangers), J McFadden (Everton), K Miller (Celtic), S Thompson (Cardiff)

Scotland B squad to face Finland on 7 February
Goalkeepers: Paul Gallacher (Norwich City), Allan McGregor (Rangers)
Defenders: Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian), Kirk Broadfoot (St Mirren), Gordon Greer (Kilmarnock), Jay McEveley (Derby County), Steven Whittaker (Hibernian)
Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Rangers), Scott Brown (Hibernian), Chris Clark (Aberdeen), Stephen Pearson (Derby County), Michael Stewart (Hibernian), Kevin Thomson (Rangers)
Forwards: Craig Beattie (Celtic), Alan Gow (Falkirk), Shaun Maloney (Celtic), Darren Mackie (Aberdeen), Derek Riordan (Celtic)


SEE ALSO
McLeish unveiled as Scotland boss
29 Jan 07 |  Internationals
Alan Hansen's column
29 Jan 07 |  Internationals


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