Scotland wait for Ferguson

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The question of whether Duncan Ferguson will be fit for the European Championship finals has nagged away almost as long as the injury which has restricted him to five caps. Today, Scotland expect their answer, writes Phil Shaw.

Ferguson will undergo specialist examination on his persistent groin problem. Craig Brown, who named Everton's high-rise striker yesterday in the Scotland squad to play Denmark a week tonight, said the diagnosis would be "critical" for his prospects.

"We want to know if he needs an operation or just a rest cure," the Scotland manager said. "If it's major surgery that would rule him out of the finals. If it's scar tissue, he might just have a chance."

A sizeable number of the 41 players on senior and B international duty against the European champions will be forwards, reflecting the fact that injuries have prevented Brown establishing a partnership. Scott Booth, first-choice during qualifying, is to continue his rehabilitation in Tuesday's B match.

SCOTLAND SQUAD (v Denmark, Copenhagen, 24 April): Boyd (Celtic), Burley (Chelsea), Calderwood (Tottenham), Collins (Celtic), Ferguson (Everton), Gallacher (Blackburn), Gemmill (Nottm Forest), Goram (Rangers), Gunn (Norwich), Hendry (Blackburn), Jackson (Hibernian), Leighton (Hibernian), McAllister (Leeds), McCall (Rangers) McCoist (Rangers), McKimmie (Aberdeen), T McKinlay (Celtic), W McKinlay (Blackburn), McLaren (Rangers), McStay (Celtic), Spencer (Chelsea).

SCOTLAND B SQUAD (v Denmark, Nykobing Falster, 23 April): Booth (Aberdeen), Cameron (Hearts), Durie (Rangers), Glass (Aberdeen), Howie (Motherwell), Jess (Coventry), Lambert (Motherwell), Marshall (Arsenal), Martin (Motherwell), McGinlay (Bolton), McKinnon (Motherwell), McNamara (Celtic), Nevin (Tranmere), O'Neil (Celtic), Rae (Millwall), Robertson (Hearts), Shearer (Aberdeen), Walker (Partick), Watt (Aberdeen), Whyte (Middlesbrough).

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