Smith plays down disruption
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Scotland boss Walter Smith has played down talk his squad has been disrupted.
Scotland boss Walter Smith has played down talk his squad has been disrupted following their monumental 1-0 success over France.
Smith has been forced to re-jig his squad for their trip to Ukraine on Wednesday after losing Christian Dailly to suspension and Garry O'Connor's unexpected absence.
Scotland are handily placed at the summit of Group B in the race for a place in Euro 2008 and Smith has stated the unavailability of Dailly is more significant than O'Connor's loss.
"There has not been any disruption to the squad really. It was just a player going out," explained Smith.
"We lost Christian Dailly to suspension and that is far more of a blow to us.
"No disrespect to Garry O'Connor, but he has not played in the side for as long as Christian.
"It is a little bit disappointing when you get a good result and you are forced to make some changes we would not have made otherwise."
Meanwhile, Everton forward James McFadden is happy to step aside with Kenny Miller expected to lead the line in Kiev.
McFadden and Paul Hartley led the line against Les Bleus, but the former Motherwell man is happy for Miller to return following suspension.
"Kenny is welcome to play up there on his own! I don't know if I could do it twice in a week," said McFadden.
"Kenny is going to come back because that's his position and he plays it better than anyone we've got.
"I hope I'm still in the team but, if the manager puts someone else in and we get the right result, I won't be complaining."