Burns brings Combe in from fringe for Scotland

Scotland's caretaker-manager Tommy Burns has brought in Kilmarnock goalkeeper Alan Combe and recalled Aberdeen defender Kevin McNaughton to the squad to face Sweden at Easter Road next Wednesday.

Burns has taken over the national team following the resignation of Berti Vogts last week. Combe, 30, adds some experience to the goalkeeping. Vogts handed McNaughton two caps two years ago before jettisoning him, claiming the Dons man was "too nervous" for international football.

Burns also revealed two experienced internationals refused to answer an emergency call from Berti Vogts as the German's reign came to an inglorious end. His departure was hastened by the refusal of David Weir and Dominic Matteo to make international comebacks after injuries ravaged his squad for World Cup qualifiers with Norway and Moldova.

Burns said: "We considered asking David Weir to come back before the Norway and Moldova games. But the feedback we got was that he was happy with the way things were and didn't want to. Dominic Matteo was another we thought about, but he felt the same way."

* Scotland yesterday plunged to their lowest-ever Fifa world ranking by dropping nine places to 77th.

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