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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 15:41 GMT
Five miss Scots' Future
Ian Murray is out of the Scotland Future squad
Ian Murray is out of the Scotland Future squad
Hibernian have followed Dundee's example by pulling two players out of the Scotland Future squad to face Turkey on 25 February.

The two clubs have arranged a Scottish Premier League meeting on the same night.

Wigan Athletic face Crewe in England's Second Division, which means that striker Andy Liddell will also be an absentee from Berti Vogts' squad.

Hibs midfielder Ian Murray and striker Garry O'Connor will join Dundee defender Lee Wilkie and midfielder Gavin Rae at Dens Park instead of hoping to impress the German.

In addition, Hearts midfielder Scott Severin is likely to be missing as he requires surgery on a knee injury.

I am absolutely gutted
Dundee midfielder Gavin Rae
Hearts' Andy Webster and fellow defender Chris Doig, of Nottingham Forest, have been put on stand-by.

Hibs boss Bobby Williamson told the Edinburgh Evening News: "Our priorities have to come first.

"We have a duty to our fans to field as strong a team as possible against Dundee and both Ian and Garry are very much part of our squad.

"It's unfortunate this has arisen so soon after they were forced to pull out of the Under-21 match, but obviously we do not want to see this hamper future international call-ups."

The original match between Dundee and Hibs was abandoned after 27 minutes following a snow storm as the home side led 1-0.

While the Scottish Football Association recognises that club matches take precedent as Future games are not full internationals, national manager Berti Vogts has in the past been angered by player withdrawals.

Midfielder Rae said: "I am absolutely gutted, because I would love to play for my country.

"It seems a bit strange that the games should be arranged at the same time.

"But, with the call-offs recently, it obviously couldn't be helped.

Scott Severin is going in on Friday to have an injection into the tendon in his knee
Hearts head coach Craig Levein
"The Hibs game is important for us if we are to get into the top six, so I understand why the manager wants us to stay at home."

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Meanwhile, Hearts head coach Craig Levein said: "Scott Severin is going in on Friday to have an injection into the tendon in his knee, which will hopefully cure the problem.

"He is supposed to be going to Turkey with the Scotland Future squad next week, but I would imagine he will be struggling for that.

"The lad obviously wants to go, but we'll have to see how he is after Friday."





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