Levein excited by Rhodes

Scotland boss also explains Miller absence

Jordan Rhodes: Will get the opportunity to impress for Scotland against Australia

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Craig Levein is looking forward to seeing what Jordan Rhodes has to offer after calling the Huddersfield striker into the Scotland squad for the friendly against Australia.

The 22-year-old made a three-minute cameo against Cyprus to make his senior debut but his continued good form has led to his inclusion in the current squad.

And with several strikers missing out for a variety of reasons, Levein has confirmed that Rhodes will have more of a chance to impress.

"He will play a part of the game," said Levein. "Jordan will play at least half an hour of the game and we will see how it goes. I'm excited by him.

"He has been involved once, I hoped to give him more time over in Cyprus but couldn't quite manage that and I'm looking forward to him training with us and getting some game time."


New Everton frontman Steven Naismith returns after a long-term injury lay-off but Craig Makail-Smith misses out with a back problem.

Steven Fletcher remains in international exile while Kenny Miller was never in contention following his recent move to MLS side Vancouver White Caps last month.

Miller, along with Vancouver team-mate Barry Robson, will remain in Levein's thoughts but the manager revealed he had spoken to Miller about missing the upcoming friendly.

"I felt the nine hours travel back and by the time they get accustomed to the time and everything over here it would be difficult for them," he said.

"I had a chat with Kenny and I said 'get yourself settled down, play some games and get yourself fit' and we will look towards September and October."

Growing trend

Noticeably, Celtic duo Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest, as well as Hearts defender Andy Webster, are the only three players included who currently ply their trade in Scotland.

Levein reckons the lure of playing in England is the reasoning behind the lack of Scotland-based players in his squad.

He explained: "There has been a definite trend towards players going back down to play in England. I remember when I was growing up English teams had a lot of Scottish players in them.

"I think it is heading that way again which, in some regards is a good thing for the national team but you could argue it's maybe not a good thing for the SPL."