Scotland call on McGregor

Allan McGregor
Allan McGregor picked up an injury against Australia last month but has still be called up by Craig Levein. Photo: PA

Allan McGregor has been named in the Scotland squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia.

The Besiktas goalkeeper suffered a groin injury in Scotland's friendly win over Australia last month and was rated doubtful for the Hampden games on September 8 and 11.

But he is in Craig Levein's squad along with Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks and Cardiff's David Marshall.

There is no place for the in-form Celtic winger Kris Commons while Leeds striker Ross McCormack and Huddersfield forward Jordan Rhodes retain their places after scoring in the 3-1 win over Australia.

Captain Darren Fletcher is still missing as he battles to overcome a bowel condition.

Striker Kenny Miller returns after being rested for the Australia victory but there is no place for his Vancouver Whitecaps team-mate Barry Robson.

Barry Bannan drops out but his Aston Villa team-mate Alan Hutton remains in the squad despite not playing for his club this season.

Southampton left-back Danny Fox keeps his place amid the absence of the injured Phil Bardsley.

Rangers midfielder Ian Black and Blackburn striker David Goodwillie, who were both late call-ups for the Australia friendly, are left out. There are no Rangers players in the squad.

Celtic captain Scott Brown, who made his comeback from a hip problem in their Champions League win over Helsingborg last night, is not included in the squad.

Scotland squad to face Serbia and Macedonia:

  • Goalkeepers: Gilks (Blackpool), McGregor (Besiktas), Marshall (Cardiff)
  • Defenders: Berra (Wolves), Caldwell (Wigan), Fox (Southampton), Hanley (Blackburn), Hutton (Aston Villa), Martin (Norwich), Mulgrew (Celtic), Webster (Hearts)
  • Midfielders: Adam (Liverpool), Cowie (Cardiff), Dorrans (West Brom), Forrest (Celtic), Mackie (QPR), Maloney (Wigan), Morrison (West Brom), Naismith (Everton), Phillips (Blackpool), Snodgrass (Norwich)
  • Attackers: McCormack (Leeds), Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Rhodes (Huddersfield)