Life after Levein kicks off for Scotland tonight in an international friendly against European minnows Luxembourg. While Levein may be wrangling over when he receives his pay-off either in monthly payments for doing nothing or in one lump sum – undeserved at that – interim manager Billy Stark takes charge.
Stark has named his startling line-up ahead of tonight’s game and there has been a debut start for Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Andrew Shinnie, along with Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley.
Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks starts between the sticks, as Besiktas keeper Allan McGregor is out injured. Vancouver striker Kenny Miller partners Jordan Rhodes up front.
It’s a historic moment for Inverness Caley Thistle, as Shinnie becomes their first ever player to be capped for the Scotland national side.
His call up may have been a surprise to many, but he has impressed for Terry Butcher’s side this season, bagging himself nine goals in the process.
After Scotland’s embarrassing performance in their World Cup qualifying campaign and failing to qualify just four games in, Billy Stark can now get the revolution of the national side underway as we look ahead to the European Championships in 2016.
However, Stark has had to face up to nine players withdrawing through injury – Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, West Brom’s James Morrison, Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan, Blackpool’s Matt Phillips and Wigan Athletic’s Shaun Maloney all withdrew from the squad. Along with Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, full-back Phil Bardsley, Queens Park Rangers striker Jamie Mackie and Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall also miss the match.
Scotland regulars Scott Brown, Gary Caldwell and Alan Hutton were rested.
Scotland XI v Luxembourg: Gilks, Dixon, Hanley, Berra, Whittaker, D Fletcher, Mulgrew, Shinnie, Naismith, Miller, Rhodes.