SCOTS TO LOOK TO HARRIS

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SCOTLAND boss Craig Brown is set to reward Millwall marksman Neil Harris for his outstanding form in front of goal by selecting the Orsett-born player in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers in March.

The Scots, who have made a good start in their quest to reach the 2002 finals, take on Belgium and San Marino, and Brown is ignoring some critics by looking to Harris to solve his striking problems.

"There have been 11 European Championship finals and I took Scotland to two, in 1992 and 1996," Brown told The Daily Record.

"I know what I am dealing with and that is why I can`t afford to leave any stone unturned when I consider players.

"Even if the one in question, Harris, only cost £30,000 from Cambridge two years ago. Neil has scored 21 goals this season, including three hat-tricks.

"He was born in England and qualifies to play for us because his grandfather was born in Scotland.

"But I didn`t hear anyone complaining about Don Hutchison`s English accent when he scored the winner against them at Wembley in the Euro 2000 play-off."

Brown also revealed that he spoke to Harris` club manager, Mark McGhee, who was full of praise for the forward.

"I asked Mark how highly he rated Neil," Brown commented.  "And the only comparison he could give me was with Shearer - a guy who scores goals for fun.

"Mark thinks Neil will go all the way to the top. I will watch the player and speak to him about turning out for Scotland.

"But he might not like me for whatever reason. I am wary of alerting England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to Harris' situation.

"I've asked Mark to send me all the documentation. I get calls all the time from managers down south who want to recommend players.

"But Mark is a product of our SFA coaching course at Largs, and I trust his word.

"Neil's goals have lifted Millwall to the top of Division Two and it is my duty to check him out - in my position I can't afford to leave any stone unturned."