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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2007, 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK
Dailly makes return for Scotland
Christian Dailly
Christian Dailly takes the place of Russell Anderson
Veteran West Ham defender Christian Dailly has returned to the Scotland squad for the Euro 2008 Group B qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia.

Dailly takes the place of Sunderland's Russell Anderson, who is ruled out through injury along with Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Derby County striker Kenny Miller returns from injury after missing the victories over Lithuania and France.

Sheffield United full-back Gary Naysmith has also returned to fitness.

Dailly had been dropped from the squad for the matches against Lithuania and France but is now playing more regular first-team football while on loan with Southampton.

Naysmith has recovered from a knee ligament injury and in-form Miller from the hamstring injury that kept him out last time.

Experience is the keyword and that is what we need at this crucial stage of the competition

Scotland manager Alex McLeish

Miller scored on his Derby debut against Newcastle following his transfer from Celtic before finding the back of the net again in a 1-1 draw with Bolton at the weekend.

Scotland boss ALex McLeish believes Miller has benefitted from the move to the Premier League in England and has no fears about the striker's fitness.

"Kenny is back playing again, which is good to see," said McLeish.

"He has had a great start down there and it hasn't been a backwards step for him."

The Scotland manager does have a slight concern over Naysmith's fitness but expects him to be in contention for the double-header, even though he is now playing outwith England's top flight after his transfer from Everton.

"Naysmith has had a wee tweak on his hamstring at the weekend, but our doctor has been in contact with the Sheffield United medical people and he should be okay," said McLeish.

"I spoke to Gary and he says, if selected, that he would be very much available.


"Experience is the keyword, he has great experience and that is what we need at this crucial stage of the competition."

Dundee United captain Barry Robson and Derby defender Jay McEveley have retained their places.

But, overall, McLeish has stuck with the players who have taken Scotland to the top of Group B.

Scotland face Ukraine at Hampden on 13 October and travel to face Georgia four days later.

Fletcher is missing for both games after the midfielder hobbled out of last month's win in France, but the manager is confident of filling the void.

"To lose players of that calibre is always a loss, but we have shown that we can cope without key players," added McLeish.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Gordon (Sunderland), Marshall (Norwich), McGregor (Rangers)
Defenders: Alexander (Burnley), Caldwell (Celtic), Dailly (West Ham), Hutton (Rangers), McEveley (Derby), McManus (Celtic), Naysmith (Sheffield United), Weir (Rangers)
Midfielders: Brown (Celtic), Ferguson (Rangers), Hartley (Celtic), McCulloch (Rangers), Pearson (Derby), Robson (Dundee United), Teale (Derby)
Forwards: Beattie (West Brom), Boyd (Rangers), McFadden (Everton), Maloney (Aston Villa), Miller (Derby), O'Connor (Birmingham).


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