Fletcher backs in-form Bannan

Bannan could win his first cap in Tuesday’s home clash with the
Faroe Islands after showing impressive form for Villa in recent
weeks. Fletcher had a first hand view of Bannan’s qualities when in
action for Manchester United in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Villa Park.
But he knew already of the potential of the academy product who has
made the most of his opportunity presented by Villa’s lengthy
injury list. Fletcher said: “Is Bannan ready for Scotland? Of
course he is. He is playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League
and he is a very talented lad. “He was impressive against United on
Saturday and he is an intelligent footballer. “If he gets a run of
games for Villa, I am sure he will do well for himself. “Having
watched him for the Under-21s and Villa, I think he is going to
have a bright future.” Fletcher addded: “I watch a lot of reserve
team matches and I was aware of Barry before now. “I saw Barry him
score a hat-trick against the United reserves this season so I knew
what to expect.”