Amid all the transfer speculation, David Goodwillie has been recalled to the Scotland squad ahead of next weeks friendly against Denmark. Having previously left the young striker out for non football reasons, Levein admits that strength in-depth is needed upfront.
The Scotland manager said: “The striking position is one we don’t have a plethora of players for so it’s good. I believe he’s in the squad on merit.”
Levein also said it wasn’t his job to tell players which club they should be playing for, but admits it is a gamble for some clubs to take young players from one league to another.
In the young squad, there are also call ups for James Forest, Craig Mackail Smith and a return for Graham Dorrans.
Levein added: “You might find that come next months squad that there’s some older heads back in but I think that the experience players gain from this type of situation is invaluable.”
It’s a long-term plan the 46-year-old has in mind, creating a second tier of players to have a wider selection for each position in case of injuries or suspensions.
Some players not included in the squad – but being watched by the national coach – are Cammy Bell, Jamie Murphy and new Rangers signing Lee Wallace.
A notable omission is Darren Fletcher. Levein said: “I desperately want him back in the squad, more than anybody. But he has to have played some football. I hope to have him for the October matches, and if things go exceptionally well then well have a look again for the September games”
The game against Denmark, who were in Pot Two in the draw for the 2014 World Cup, will be played at Hampden on Wednesday 10th August.
Scotland squad vs Denmark:
Allan McGregor (Rangers), Matt Gilks (Blackpool), Iain Turner (Preston NE); Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Alan Hutton (Tottenham), Steven Whittaker (Rangers), Danny Wilson (Liverpool); Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Scott Brown (Celtic), Kris Commons (Celtic), Graeme Dorrans (WBA), Craig Forrest (Celtic), James Morrison (WBA), Barry Robson (Middlesbrough), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds), Charlie Adam (Liverpool), Kenny Miller (Cardiff), Steven Naismith (Rangers), David Goodwillie (Dundee United), Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton), Kenny Miller (Cardiff), Steven Naismith (Rangers).