Nevin wins 25th cap

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL
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SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

Pat Nevin's stop-start international career enjoys another revival on Wednesday when he wins his 25th cap for Scotland in the European Championship qualifying match against San Marino in the Serravalle stadium.

Craig Brown, the Scottish coach, believes the 31-year-old Tranmere player can help unlock a packed defence. "Pat will earn his 25th cap for us and that will qualify him for the silver medal from the Scottish Football Association,'' Brown said. "I've checked on his form with Tranmere and I believe he will help us break down San Marino."

Brown says he is also "sorely tempted" to recall the Aberdeen striker Duncan Shearer for the Group Eight match. The Celtic midfield player Paul McStay withdrew from the squad on Saturday because of his ankle injury but Motherwell's Rob McKinnon had already been drafted in.

Nevin is a survivor from the side, then managed by Andy Roxburgh, which struggled to a 2-0 win over San Marino in a European Championship qualifier four years ago.

Andy Goram, the Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper, began his comeback after a calf operation in January when he played the full 90 minutes in yesterday's friendly at Queen of the South, which ended 2-2. Ally McCoist pulled out after feeling some pain in his ankle when kicking a ball.

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