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Josy Barthel Stadium (ATT 2,521) 14th November 2012 - Kick off 19:15 Ref: C Zimmermann

Luxembourg Luxembourg vs Scotland Scotland

Luxembourg 1

L Krogh Gerson (47)


Scotland 2

J Rhodes (11, 24)

Darren Fletcher will captain caretaker manager Billy Stark's Scotland against Luxembourg

By @danielstorey85.   Last Updated: 14/11/12 5:39pm

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Andrew Shinnie: Handed senior Scotland debut

Andrew Shinnie: Handed senior Scotland debut

Scotland caretaker boss Billy Stark will be looking for a good performance in Wednesday's friendly against Luxembourg.

The Scots enter the post-Craig Levein era looking to gain some much-needed confidence, and a friendly against a Luxembourg side ranked 144th in the world potentially provides the ideal opportunity.

However, Scotland are ranked 70th, their lowest position in seven years, and having won just three qualifiers in Levein's three-year reign Stark would have wanted to choose from a strong squad.

Nine players have withdrawn from the caretaker manager's original selection, with that casualty list including Premier League players Phil Bardsley, Barry Bannan, James Morrison, Shaun Maloney, Charlie Adam, Steven Fletcher and Jamie Mackie. Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall and Blackpool's Matt Phillips complete the list.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Andrew Shinnie has been handed his Scotland debut after being drafted into the squad following nine call-offs.

Caretaker manager Stark has named both Kenny Miller and Jordan Rhodes in his starting line-up, suggesting he will break with sacked boss Levein's recent convention and employ a 4-4-2 formation.

Matt Gilks starts in goal in the absence of Allan McGregor while Blackburn's Grant Hanley lines up in a back four also featuring Steven Whittaker, Paul Dixon and Christophe Berra.

Darren Fletcher, Charlie Mulgrew and Steven Naismith join Shinnie in midfield, while Leigh Griffiths and Murray Davidson will be hoping to feature off the bench.

Luc Holtz, coach of hosts Luxembourg, has had no withdrawals from his squad. Daniel de Mota, striker for FC Dudelange with four international goals, has scored against both Portugal and Northern Ireland in Group F of World Cup qualification, and will be the biggest threat to Scotland's defence. Rene Peters, who has 88 international caps, is the next top scorer in the squad with three goals.

Luxembourg have won just eight of their last 135 matches in a run stretching back to 1995, but have won two of their last ten games against Albania and Macedonia. Their finest result came in September 2008 when they beat Switzerland 2-1 in Zurich in a World Cup qualifier.

Scotland have won only two of their last nine games and have lost their last three away games by an aggregate of nine goals to two. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine games.

Scotland team: Gilks, Dixon, Hanley, Berra, Whittaker, D Fletcher, Mulgrew, Shinnie, Naismith, Miller, Rhodes

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