BROWN TO GAMBLE ON DODDS

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SCOTLAND boss Craig Brown is ready to take a gamble on Rangers striker Billy Dodds for the vital World Cup qualifier with Belgium on Wednesday, even though the player is not match-fit.

The 31-year-old ace, who scored twice in the first meeting between the two countries last October, is set to get the nod up front in Brussels having been on the bench for the game with Croatia last weekend.

Dodds has found himself out-of-favour at Ibrox this season and has not started a game for them since last April, but Brown is ready to throw him into the action as Scotland need a result in Belgium to boost their hopes of making next summer's World Cup Finals.

"He can't be match-fit - but it doesn't stop him playing," said Brown.

"He's in contention. I watched him carefully in training and he looks fit enough to play."

Meanwhile, Brown has revealed he is not contemplating leaving his post should Scotland fail to make the trip to Japan and South Korea.

Having narrowly failed to reach Euro 2000, a second successive tournament missed would raise serious questions over the future of Brown, but he is not worried by the situation.

"I've been eight years in the job, I was seven-and-a-half as the assistant, and it's become so much harder during that time," said Brown.

"I haven't thought about moving on because I'm under contract until December. I'll honour that and see what happens. I have had opportunities during the contract, which I wouldn't take.

"I could have gone to The Premiership but I wouldn't while I was contracted.

Whether I get other opportunities with a club or a country, I don't know. I wouldn't think my employers would be making up their minds on the basis of a couple of games.

"They might say I should go if we don't qualify. They may have a decision already made, they may be waiting to see how results go. I'm not losing any sleep over it."

Brown has called up Dundee goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and Dundee United's Paul Gallacher to the squad for the Belgium game as Celtic's Robert Douglas has been forced to withdraw with injury.

Douglas picked up a slight stomach strain during training last week and he has returned to his club and Brown is keen to have cover for first choice keeper Neil Sullivan.

Scotland are 11/4 to win in Belgium.