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.”