Scotland summon Black Cat Bardsley

The Sunderland right-back was a late call-up to the squad, which

jetted out to Prague this afternoon ahead of Friday’s clash. His

inclusion will provide cover for Alan Hutton, who is struggling

with a groin strain, and that means Bardsley could make his debut

sooner than anticipated. Asked if he would be happy for the former

Rangers and Manchester United player to start the match, Levein

said: “If the situation means that Phil has to play, then yes. “He

played last week against Manchester United for Sunderland. He’s an

experienced enough player and I don’t have any qualms about that at

all.” Bardsley, 25, was born in England but qualifies through his

Glaswegian father and had a change of heart about representing

Scotland after dismissing the idea as an 18-year-old. “It’s been a

bit rushed to be honest,” said Levein. “We have been aware of

Phil’s eligibility for a while, it was just a matter of finding out

if he was going to commit to playing for Scotland. “We chased it up

and found out that he had a change of heart from a couple of years

ago and he’s desperate to be involved. “We tried to progress things

as quickly as possible and everything has been done. He’s another

experienced but young player who fits into the profile. “I’m really

pleased to have him on board. He’s playing every week in the

Premiership, which is a big plus for us.” Levein rated Hutton’s

chances as “pretty good”, adding: “He did a little today and felt

better than he did yesterday. He maybe has an 80% chance but I’m

guessing. “I see a general improvement on the injury and the amount

of positive feedback I’m getting.” Levein is also hopeful

goalkeeper Allan McGregor will prove his fitness ahead of the

match. He said: “He’s fairly positive. He did a little bit today,

not a full session. He’s had a recurring thigh strain which he’s

played with. “He played three games last week for Rangers carrying

this injury. “He has had a full week’s rest this week so I would

expect him to be far better come Friday night than he was when he

played against Hearts. “I’m hopeful but I’m not going to take any

chances with anybody. If he’s fit he’ll play, if he’s not he

won’t.” The Scotland boss added: “We have some issues that I’m

hoping will be clearer in training tomorrow evening. “There are a

couple of guys who haven’t done a full training session as yet but

I’m hopeful those guys will be okay and available for selection.”

However, Levein refused to be drawn on speculation that Kenny

Miller will be dropped on Friday night, with the Rangers striker

hoping to earn his 50th cap. “The team will be named as usual 24

hours before the match,” said the manager. “I’m not going to make

any comments at this moment in time about who’s playing and who’s

not. “The team hasn’t been named, I can assure you of that. I’m not

going to give any indication as to what the team is at this moment

in time.” Asked if Miller was still in his thoughts, he replied:

“Of course.”