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scotland-vs-serbia.png Scotland vs Serbia,. Hampden, Saturday 8th September, K.O 3pm. So this weeks match preview in association with Ladbrokes is an international World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Serbia. The Scots have not been to ... Share |

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The Scotland set up isn’t too bad but they do have defensive injury problems heading into this game with Phil Bardsley, Charlie Mulgrew, Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Danny Fox all ruled out.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor has managed to shake off a groin injury and is in line to start this important qualifier. So there should be a settled core in the defence with Gary Caldwell and Christophe Berra lining up in-front of the keeper.

In midfield Scotland still have no Darren Fletcher. The wings could be creative and exciting with both James Forrest and Matt Phillips in the squad. Although I doubt both will start or be used at the same time by Craig Levein.

For once Scotland seem to be quite well off with decent strikers. Maybe we can have two forwards or have someone like Shaun Maloney, Steven Naismith or Ross McCormack playing behind a lone striker. For that lone role you have got to fancy the experience of Kenny Miller will be favoured by Levein although Jordan Rhodes did impress against Australia.

The Scots still can’t call up £14m man Steven Fletcher, due to his row with Levein, but they have a lot of attacking options which is refreshing.

They have a talented keeper in Udinese man Zelijko Brkic ready to prove his worth. In defence they can call upon the likes of English premiership players Alexander Kolarov, Branislav Ivanovic and Man City new boy Matija Nastasic. They also have Dortmund’s Neven Subotic and Udinese’s Dusan Basta.

These players will hope to prove themselves and come out of the big shadow left by Nemanja Vidic who has now retired from the international scene.

In midfield they don’t have the same depth of experience. A lot was expected from players such as Zoran Tosic and Nemanja Matic but neither has proven themselves just yet.