Levein expects Adam to move on

Adam and team-mate Stephen Crainey have both been named in the team

to face Wales in the Carling Nations Cup on Tuesday night just a

few days after they suffered the heartbreak of relegation with

Blackpool. Adam has been a hit south of the border and was linked

with both Liverpool and Tottenham in January – and Levein has

predicted further interest in the highly-rated midfielder in the

coming weeks. And, if he does remain in the English top flight,

that is good news as far as the Scotland manager is concerned. He

said: “I would love all of our players to be playing in the Premier

League, at the top level. “Charlie attracted a lot of interest in

January and I would expect that just to be resurrected in the

summer. My view is that he will be playing in the Premier League

next season.” But Levein admits the national team does owe a debt

of gratitude to Blackpool for their part in the development of some

of his international players. He added: “Blackpool have been

wonderful for those two players this season. Of course, there has

been major disappointment that the club has been relegated but Ian

Holloway and Blackpool have been great for both Stephen and

Charlie, and Matt Gilks for that matter. I think we have a lot to

thank Blackpool for.” Although Crainey will be involved against

Wales, he will have no part to play in Sunday night’s clash with

the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Levein said: “Stephen Crainey to

his credit has travelled over and he will play on Tuesday night. He

is going back on Thursday to have an operation on Friday. “I’m

grateful he has made the effort to come over because it would have

been easy for him to say he had an operation at the end of the

week. He was determined to come across.” However, one player he

does not expect to be leaving the Scotland camp is Aberdeen forward

Chris Maguire, despite speculation regarding a medical at Derby. He

said: “I did have a conversation very briefly with Chris but I’m

sure that having an opportunity to be involved in the Scotland

squad is far more important at this minute in time than having a

medical.” According to Levein, the desire to win this tournament is

strong within his players despite coming at the end of the season.

He said: “An obvious indication is the amount of withdrawals. From

the original squad named we have lost Craig Mackail-Smith for a

very good reason in that he is playing in the (League One) play-Off

final, and Kris Commons. “To lose just two, and one of them through

no fault of his own, shows the commitment of the players and their

willingness to come here and attempt to win this tournament.”

Scotland’s last meeting with Wales in November 2009 ended in an

embarrassing 3-0 defeat and ultimately cost then boss George Burley

his job and paved the way for Levein to take charge of the national

team. He said: “We know that every game of international football

is very tough. Wales have had some call-offs but if you look at the

strength of the Welsh team who managed to beat us recently, there

is a warning there that we will have to be at our best to get what

we want, which is to win this match.”