Weir, Hartley recalled by Scotland

Rangers captain David Weir is set to become the oldest player to

turn out for Scotland after being recalled on Tuesday by manager

Craig Levein for the European Championship qualifiers against

Lithuania and Liechtenstein next month.

The 40-year-old Weir has not played for Scotland since a defeat

by the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier last September, but his

great club form has prompted Levein to come calling after leaving

the defender out of his first two squads.

“The thing about Davie is, he is still playing at the highest

level week in, week out,” Levein said. “The fact he is still

turning in top-class performances means it was a pretty easy

decision to make for me.”

Weir will surpass former Manchester United goalkeeper Jim

Leighton as the oldest ever Scotland player if he features in

either the opening Group I qualifier against Lithuania in Kaunas on

Sept. 3 or the home match against Liechtenstein at Hampden Park

four days later. Leighton was 40 years, 2 months, 16 days when he

played against Estonia in 1998.

Levein also recalled Paul Hartley following the 33-year-old

midfielder’s superb start to the season, which saw him score a hat

trick on his debut for Aberdeen. He missed Scotland’s 3-0 defeat by

Sweden in a friendly earlier this month because he did not have a

club at the time.

“Experience was the key with him. We do not have a natural

holding midfield player but Paul’s experience in the position is

vital for me,” Levein said.

Steven Fletcher (foot), Kevin McNaughton (hamstring) and Alan

Hutton (groin) were included in the squad but will miss the match

against Lithuania. Scotland’s medical staff said they hoped the

players’ injuries will improve enough for them to be considered for

the second game of the double-header.

Blackpool’s Matt Gilks was called up for the first time and is

one of three goalkeepers in the 26-man squad.

Roster:

Goalkeepers: David Marshall (Cardiff), Allan McGregor (Rangers),

Matt Gilks (Blackpool).

Defenders: Alan Hutton (Tottenham), Christophe Berra (Wolves),

Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers), Stephen McManus (Middlesbrough), David

Weir (Rangers), Lee McCulloch (Rangers), Lee Wallace (Hearts), Andy

Webster (Rangers), Steven Whittaker (Rangers), Kevin McNaughton

(Cardiff).

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Blackpool), Scott Brown (Celtic),

Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Darren Fletcher (Man Utd), James

Morrison (West Brom), Barry Robson (Middlesbrough), Paul Hartley,

(Aberdeen).

Forwards: Kris Boyd (Middlesbrough), Steven Fletcher (Wolves),

Chris Iwelumo (Burnley), James McFadden (Birmingham), Kenny Miller

(Rangers), Steven Naismith (Rangers).