Scotland call up duo
Gavin Rae and Graham Dorrans have been called up to the Scotland squad for the crucial World Cup qualifying clash with Holland.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 07/09/09 11:05am
Gavin Rae and Graham Dorrans have been called up to the Scotland squad for the vital World Cup qualifying clash with Holland at Hampden Park on Wednesday.
Cardiff City midfielder Rae has not played for his country since coming on as a last-minute substitute in the 2-1 win over Iceland in April.
West Brom striker Dorrans is yet to play for the senior side but has five caps for the Scotland Under-21s.
Manager George Burley has felt it necessary to turn to the duo after lingering doubts over the fitness of Celtic midfielder Scott Brown and the unavailability of the influential James McFadden through suspension.
Brown opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over Macedonia at the weekend but had to be withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining after taking a knock to his ankle.
Scans have since revealed that the injury is not as bad as first feared but Burley has still called up the pair as a precaution.
Rae, who has 13 caps to his name, has been in good form for the Bluebirds this season, scoring twice in his seven appearances.
Dorrans, 22, has also been impressive this term and will be eager to impress in the short time he has ahead of the Holland game.
Burley must also do without defender Callum Davidson after he limped off with a hamstring injury at the weekend.
Scotland know they must beat the Dutch in midweek if they are to stand a realistic chance of making the play-offs for next summer's World Cup finals.