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Last Updated: Friday, 16 January, 2004, 10:29 GMT
Gallagher to receive Scots call
Paul Gallagher (right) in action for Blackburn
Paul Gallagher (right) has been on form for Blackburn
Scotland manager Berti Vogts is to hand a debut to teenage striker Paul Gallagher.

The Blackburn youngster, who is 19, has impressed the German coach with his Premiership performances this season.

Gallagher has only a handful of under-21 appearances to his name, but Vogts wants to fast-track him to the senior side.

The coach said: "I think Paul Gallagher at Blackburn is one who should be coming through."

Scotland have a friendly with Wales in Cardiff scheduled for next month and a trip to Denmark in April.

He is very quick, strong and with good body movement
Scotland boss Berti Vogts
"I will pick him for friendly soon," said Vogts.

"I went to see him at Blackburn recently and spoke to Graeme Souness and Barry Ferguson.

"He is a young guy, but a good striker. He is very quick, strong and with good body movement. He has a real chance."

Vogts is in Rome to decide the World Cup qualification fixtures with group rivals Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Belarus and Moldova.

He expects the Italians to make a series of demands on behalf of the powerful television companies there.

"I think it is time for Fifa to decide the fixtures," he complained.

"I do not know how long this meeting will take. But, in the past, it has been six or seven hours.

"Once, with Germany, we had to come back the next day."







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