Grant Hanley and Chris Maguire make Scotland squad to face Northern Ireland

01 February 2011 11:56
Blackburn defender Grant Hanley and Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire have been handed first Scotland call-ups for the Carling Nations Cup opener against Northern Ireland.

Leeds winger Robert Snodgrass has also been drafted into the pool for next Wednesday's clash in Dublin.

There is no place for Dundee United striker David Goodwillie, who made his debut in the 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands in November.

National service: Hanley (left) is included in the squad to face Northern Ireland

Scotland manager Craig Levein believes Hanley has a big future in the game and is excited by the prospect of seeing him in action for the national team.

Scotland squadC Bell (Kilmarnock), C Gordon (Sunderland), A McGregor (Rangers), P Bardsley (Sunderland), C Berra (Wolves), G Caldwell (Wigan), G Hanley (Blackburn), A Hutton (Spurs), D Wilson (Liverpool), M Wilson (Celtic) C Adam (Blackpool),  B Bannan (Aston Villa), S Brown (Celtic), K Commons (Celtic), G Dorrans (WBA), D Fletcher (Man Utd), L McCulloch (Rangers),  J Morrison (WBA), R Snodgrass (Leeds,  C Maguire (Aberdeen), K  Miller (Bursaspor), S Naismith (Rangers)

He said: 'Grant is a young lad who has impressed in the short time he has been involved in the Premier League matches.

'I've watched him four times and he has all the attributes to be a top-class centre-back.'

Goodwillie was recently charged with a serious sexual assault. Levein said of his absence from the squad: 'It's an awkward situation to be placed in. He has a cloud hanging over his head just now. I thought long and hard about it and I believe I've made the right decision.'

On the tournament itself, Levein added: 'From day one my intention was to win the competition and I think this is a strong squad.'

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