Mackail-Smith ready to step up for Scotland

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Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston believes Brighton & Hove Albion's Craig Mackail-Smith can ensure Scotland do not miss Kenny Miller if the Cardiff City striker fails to overcome a groin injury ahead of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Liechtenstein.

Miller is Scotland's main doubt for the match, although it emerged yesterday that captain Darren Fletcher is struggling with tonsilitis.

Houston said: "Craig Mackail-Smith is a bit similar to Kenny – he works ever so hard, is very, very quick and, more importantly he is scoring goals and in very, very good form."