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Scotland announce 27-man squad for showdown with Ireland

The main talking point is that Rangers’ Lewis MacLeod has been called up to the senior set-up for the first time.

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SCOTLAND MANAGER GORDON Strachan has named his squad for the upcoming senior internationals against Ireland and England.

The 27-man panel includes a first call-up for 20-year-old Rangers midfielder Lewis MacLeod while Stoke City full-back Phil Bardsley returns to replace the injured Alan Hutton.

Charlie Mulgrew, one of three Celtic players picked, is also back from suspension after his red card in the defeat to Germany.

Scotland, currently fourth in Group D after one win, one draw and a defeat, host the Boys in Green at Celtic Park on 14 November before facing England at home in a friendly four days later.

Here is the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Burnley/ENG), Craig Gordon (Celtic), David Marshall (Cardiff City/WAL)

Defenders: Phil Bardsley (Stoke City/ENG), Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town/ENG), Craig Forsyth (Derby County/ENG), Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion/ENG), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers/ENG), Russ Martin (Norwich City/ENG), Andrew Robertson (Hull City/ENG), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City/ENG).

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford/ENG), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace/ENG), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby County/ENG), Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United/ENG), Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic/ENG), James McArthur (Crystal Palace/ENG), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland/ENG), Lewis Macleod (Rangers), Chris Martin (Derby County/ENG), Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday/ENG), Steven Naismith (Everton/ENG).

Scotland squad Source: Twitter/Scottish FA

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