Steven Fletcher and Matt Phillips handed Scotland recalls for crucial UEFA Nations League matches against Albania and Israel as Alex McLeish looks to solve striking crisis
- Steven Fletcher and Matt Phillips have been recalled to the Scotland squad
- The pair have been asked to solve a striking crisis for manager Alex McLeish
- Forwards Leigh Griffiths and Steven Naismith are both out through injury
- Scotland face crucial UEFA Nations League matches against Albania and Israel
Ryan Christie, Steven Fletcher and Matt Phillips have been handed Scotland recalls as Alex McLeish looks to solve his striking crisis ahead of this month’s crucial UEFA Nations League matches against Albania and Israel.
Injuries to Celtic hitman Leigh Griffiths and Hearts attacker Steven Naismith have left the national team boss short on options up top.
Now McLeish has turned to on-form Celtic playmaker Christie, Sheffield Wednesday striker Fletcher and West Brom forward Phillips as he looks for the firepower that will keep Scotland’s hopes of topping Group C1 alive.
Steven Fletcher (pictured) and Matt Phillips have been recalled to the Scotland squad
Phillips (pictured) and Fletcher have been asked to solve a striking crisis for Scotland
Hearts forward Steven Naismith is out of the games against Albania and Israel through injury
Uility man Callum Paterson is also back in McLeish’s set-up up following his impressive recent displays for Cardiff.
Michael Devlin – a late call-up ahead of last month’s friendly defeat to Portugal – is back in as cover for injured Hearts defender John Souttar.
SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR NATIONS LEAGUE DOUBLE-HEADER
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).
Defenders: Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).
Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea), Matt Phillips (West Brom), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City).
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