Howard in line for Scots call
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Derby striker Steve Howard could be in line for a shock call-up to the Scotland squad after admitting he would be 'honoured' to play for the country where his grandmother was born.
The striker grew up in Durham but, by virtue of the fact that his grandmother was born near Glasgow, does qualify for Scotland and has been recommended to Alex McLeish by his club boss Billy Davies.
Howard's 17 goals in the Championship this season have showcased his qualities to a wider audience, and McLeish's assistant Roy Aitken has now contacted the former Luton man about representing Scotland.
In turn, Howard has responded positively and indicated he would be delighted to battle the likes of Kenny Miller and James McFadden for a place in McLeish's plans.
"Without a doubt, I would be very keen to play for Scotland, Howard told The Scotsman.
"It would certainly be an honour for me. The manager put my name forward and I've since spoken to Roy Aitken.
"He asked me if I would be interested and I told him I would."
Meanwhile, The Rams have decided not to appeal against an FA charge of improper conduct levelled at Stephen Bywater.
The keeper won an appeal against a red card shown in the Championship clash with Ipswich on the grounds of wrongful dismissal, but was quickly hit with a new charge due to a tunnel clash with opposition defender Alex Bruce.
Rams boss Davies has escaped FA action after being sent to the stands during the game at Portman Road.
However, the Pride Park chief will appear before an FA disciplinary commission on 24th May to answer charges of using abusive and/or insulting words during a 1-0 win over Southend in January.