McLeish keeps the faith
Scotland boss keeps changes to a minimum
By Stephen Bramley. Last Updated: October 16, 2007 1:16pm
Alex McLeish says he has no plans to make wholesale changes ahead of Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia.
The Scotland boss is without the injured Scott Brown (hamstring) and Alan Hutton (calf) and suspended duo Lee McCulloch and Garry O'Connor for the crucial Group B qualifier in Tbilisi.
But with midfielder Darren Fletcher fit again after a knee injury and Reading right-back Graeme Murty added to the squad, McLeish admits he wants to keep changes to a minimum.
"We have 20 players and it's quite a routine job this time around," said McLeish.
"Any one of the players who are on the bench could have started in this game, although I haven't told the players the team yet.
"We don't want to make too many changes and don't like to disrupt the momentum of an entire team.
"It's a great opportunity and challenge for the guys who come into the team to show me that they are worthy of a place in the coming game against Italy.
"We had a set idea of who we could play. It's just a matter of personnel and
systems, and we are ready to adjust if need be."
Meanwhile, 17-year-old keeper Georgi Makaridze, who plays for Dinamo Tbilisi, is set to make his competitive international debut for Georgia in place of Georgi Lomaia.
Lomaia had a poor game against Italy on Saturday and has withdrawn by mutual agreement with Georgia's team management.