Steven Whittaker and Barry Bannan recalled by Scotland for Luxembourg friendly
Last Updated: November 7, 2012 3:24pm
Steven Whittaker: Recalled by Scotland
Scotland interim boss Billy Stark has re-called Steven Whittaker and Barry Bannan for the forthcoming friendly against Luxembourg.
The former U21 coach, who has stepped into the breach following Craig Levein's demise, has left out Wigan's Gary Caldwell and Southampton's Danny Fox from the squad which missed out against Wales and Belgium in the recent World Cup qualifiers.
Celtic captain Scott Brown - who continues to battle a hip problem on a week-to-week basis - is again rested but team-mate Kris Commons retains his place.
Sunderland's Phil Bardsley is also back in favour but first-choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor - who currently plies his trade with Besiktas - is left out.
"For a November friendly, a lot of football has already been played and some players will have niggles they would love the opportunity to shake off," said Stark.
"Allan McGregor and Gary Caldwell, in particular, have been real stalwarts and terrific players for the national team in recent years. There is nothing more to it than that."
Scotland squad to face Luxembourg on 14 November;
Goalkeepers: Cammy Bell, Matt Gilks, David Marshall.
Defenders Phil Bardsley, Christophe Berra, Grant Hanley, Charlie Mulgrew, Andy Webster, Steven Whittaker.
Midfielders: Charlie Adam, Barry Bannan, Kris Commons, Darren Fletcher, Shaun Maloney, James Morrison, Matt Phillips.
Strikers: Steven Fletcher, Jamie Mackie, Kenny Miller, Steven Naismith, Jordan Rhodes.