Levein remains defiant
Scotland boss defends Rhodes decision
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: 10/09/12 8:46am
Scotland boss Craig Levein has warned the Tartan Army he will not bow to fan pressure into changing his tactics.
Levein came under fire from the Scotland faithful during Saturday's goalless draw with supporters calling for the introduction of free-scoring striker Jordan Rhodes during the second half before the Blackburn man was finally brought on ten minutes from time.
Scotland face Macedonia on Tuesday night and Levein has called on the fans to leave the selection decisions up to him.
"I have to use my experience. If every time the fans start to shout for a player and I have to put him on then we would be as well not having a manager and just letting the supporters pick the team," said Levein.
"I have to use my experience. If every time the fans start to shout for a player and I have to put him on then we would be as well not having a manager and just letting the supporters pick the team."
Craig Levein Quotes of the week
"I made what I considered to be the right changes at the right times although I could have gone a little earlier with the two strikers, but I think the game went reasonably well and I am just disappointed we didn't get the goal."
Levein defended his decision to start Kenny Miller as a lone attacker ahead of Rhodes feeling the Vancouver Whitecaps striker still has a lot to offer for Scotland.
"Jordan Rhodes is a very good player but he is untried and untested at international level," added Levein
"I thought Kenny Miller played excellently. He worked his socks off for the team and got us up the pitch and he also had a couple of opportunities himself.
"Would I class the two of them as the same player just now? No, I don't think they are but what Jordan can do is have an impact on a game.
"It might be that tomorrow is the game where he will have an impact. I do feel we go from nothing to the extreme where he is the best player that has ever played.
"Jordan is a young lad who is learning his way in the game and I will make my judgments based on what I see in training, who we are playing and all these sort of things."