Whittaker in for banned Dailly
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steven Whittaker has been added to the Scotland squad with Christian Dailly banned.
Steven Whittaker has been added to the Scotland squad for Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Ukraine due to the unavailability of Christian Dailly and Russell Anderson.
Experienced defender Dailly (pictured) has been ruled out of the match due to suspension after picking up a second yellow card of the qualifying campaign against France on Saturday.
Anderson, meanwhile, is suffering from back and hip injuries, prompting Walter Smith to call up Hibernian defender Whittaker to the senior squad for the first time.
Dailly admits he could not believe he collected his caution against France for time-wasting at a throw-in.
"I can't believe it," said Dailly. "It was such a soft booking and there was nothing I could do about it.
"I was waiting to take the throw-in and I had nobody to throw it to, so I was waiting.
"The referee was desperate to give it, so what can you do? I didn't even realise at the time that it was my second booking of the campaign.
"I've always said two bookings is far too few. You get so many players missing games that it should be at least three, but I just need to take it on the chin."
Reflecting on the momentous 1-0 victory over France at Hampden Park, Dailly admits it ranks as one of the best results in the history of Scottish football.
He added: "I've never played against a team that has been so highly ranked as France - they're the best side in the world.
"To win that game was a great achievement, one of the best Scotland results of all time.
"It's probably not sunk in yet because mentally and physically it was a really tough game. If you switched off for a second you were dead."