GORDON STRACHAN yesterday welcomed back Scott Brown to the Scotland international fold and he intends to use the in form Celtic skipper to lead the Scotland charge against the English next Friday evening.
The 31-year-old midfielder was named yesterday in the squad to face England in the crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley a week tomorrow.
Strachan, who bought the player for £4.4million from Hibs in 2007 during his four-year reign as Celtic boss, admitted he had no hesitation in recalling Brown only three months after he announced his international career was over following his 50th appearance for his country.
The Scots gaffer said: “Scott retired in August when he was in a different place to where he is now.
“At that time it was beneficial for him and Celtic that he retired from international football.
“We respected that, but Scott is in a different place now and feels he can help us in our quest to get to a major finals.”
However, Strachan admitted he didn’t know if the Celtic ace is back for the long haul – or Wembley is a one-off occasion.
He added: “Between now and the game, we are going to enjoy the challenge and the excitement of it.
“What happens afterwards is that you get a debrief. The you ask: ‘Where do we go from here?’ I think we’ll have a clearer picture after the game where everybody wants to go.”
A win at Wembley may prolong the Scotland roles for both Strachan and Brown and would put Scotland in a great position to reach Russia in 2018, despite such a disappointing start to the qualifying campaign.
Brown’s exceptional form for Celtic in the Champions League will give the traveling Tartan Army hope that they can come up the road with three valuable points in the bag.