CHARLIE ADAM, after blasting Gordon Strachan yesterday for continuing to ignore his claims for a place in his Scotland plans, has now turned his sights on comeback man Scott Brown.
The Celtic skipper is poised to face England in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday night after missing the three previous ties against Malta (5-1), Lithuania (1-1) and Slovakia (0-3).
But Stoke City’s former Rangers midfielder has slammed the decision of the international boss to bring him back into the squad.
Brown has admitted his Scotland return may only be for the game against the English and Adam claimed that is totally unfair on the other players.
The 30-year-old, who also played for St Mirren, Blackpool and Liverpool, said: “If I was in the position where I’d travelled to Malta and Slovakia and he just came straight back in to play against England, I’m going to be thinking: ‘What’s going on, why am I not getting an opportunity?’
“I understand he’s got 50 caps and he’s done well for his country, but once you retire let somebody else have an opportunity, because they’ve been waiting for an opportunity for a long time.
“If he’s only going to come back for one game I don’t feel it’s right for the other players who are sat on the bench.
“Who’s he (Strachan) going to drop? Darren Fletcher who is captain, is he going to drop him? Or Barry Bannan, who, I feel, is the most technically gifted player in the team.”
Adam has not played for Scotland since a 1-0 friendly win over Qatar in June 2015. Asked if he had upset Strachan, he answered: “No, nothing at all. Listen, I’m not saying I should be playing.
“I feel I could work my way into a squad of 23 players. That’s my issue.”
Adam is sounding like a bitter man who looks certain to have killed off any chance he has of representing his country again with his remarks attacking the Scotland camp in the build-up to the crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Had Scotland WON those matches against Lithuania and Slovakia, Scotland would be sitting on 9 points at the top of the group and Scott Brown would be a spectator. He’s back because, unlike Charlie, he’s needed.
It makes you wonder who Adam will be supporting on Friday evening.