Scotland look to McFadden and Boyd to provide attacking spark

Scotland are expected to recall James McFadden and Kris Boyd as they go in search of goals against Liechtenstein at Hampden Park tomorrow night – goals that eluded them in Friday's draw with Lithuania.

McFadden came on as a second-half substitute for Craig Levein's side during the 0-0 stalemate in Kaunas while Boyd was left on the bench, but both can expect to start as Scotland seek the resounding victory that will get their European Championship qualifying campaign up and running.

Peter Houston, Scotland's assistant manager, hinted at a reshuffle after the gloomy reaction to his side's failure, in a tough group that includes Spain and the Czech Republic, to beat Lithuania. He said: "I think there will be one or two changes from Friday night's team, whether it is one of them or two I don't know, but I would expect at least one.

"What we can't forget is that we built a solid foundation by not losing any goals away from home, I think, for the first time in three years. At the same time you have to be more attack-minded because you need to win the match.

"There is a balance and you have to look at the big picture; who are the best players to score goals but also not concede any and that's the way we have to think."

Striker Kenny Miller also sprang to the defence of Levein, after a number of critics questioned the manager's cautious tactics against Lithuania, particularly his decision to persist with a 4-5-1 formation.

"You would have to ask the manager how we will line up now but I felt we took the game to Lithuania on Friday night," Miller said. "We played with one up front but you saw in the first half how high we pressed the ball and how hard we worked to try to get the ball back as soon as we lost it.

"That's the way you have to play. The energy we've got in the midfield with Fletch [Darren Fletcher] and Broony [Scott Brown] in particular in the middle and wee Naisy [Steven Naismith] out wide, you have got to play like that and I think you will see the same on Tuesday."

Also hoping to win well tomorrow are the Republic of Ireland, who take on Andorra at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Armenia on Friday. However, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has told his players to take nothing for granted. "Sure, we are playing at home and everybody thinks we will win but we have to win; we must win over the 90 minutes against Andorra," he said.

"In the last qualification, Andorra were last in the table, but France lost to Belarus [on Friday] and Italy were 1-0 down to Estonia at half-time. The world of football today is very, very difficult. Obviously, I think we can win, but we must win."

Trapattoni, who recovered from last month's stomach surgery to make the trip to Yerevan, was pleased with his side's performance. "The positives are more than the negatives. For example, the performance of Shay Given, and also Robbie Keane," he said. "Robbie had two very good chances and he hit the post with one of them, and I have seen the television replays and he could also have had a penalty, so we could have won by a bigger score. The performance of our defence, who did not allow Armenia to score a goal, was also positive."

France, who lost 1-0 at home to Belarus on Friday, saw problems deepen at the weekend, with strikers Guillaume Hoarau, Loic Remy and Louis Saha all sidelined by injury for tomorrow's tricky match against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Hoarau (shoulder), Remy (groin) and Saha (calf) all picked up knocks against Belarus, however there was good news for coach Laurent Blanc, with the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema fit to play against Bosnia-Herzegovina after missing the match in Paris because of an ankle injury. "Karim participated in a full training session this morning and he will be available," Blanc said.

Meanwhile, Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has resigned after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Tanzania in an African Nations Cup qualifier on Friday. Saadane was in charge when Algeria drew 0-0 with England at the World Cup in June.

Voices
voices
News
general electionThis quiz matches undecided voters with the best party for them
News
science
Life and Style
Emoji are rapidly becoming the language of the internet
techWhy internet acronyms are being driven out by emoji
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before