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THISTLE SHOCKED BY STRACHAN

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PARTICK THISTLE defender Danny Devine couldn’t believe that team-mate Liam Lindsay wasn’t included in the Scotland squad for last week’s games against Canada and Slovenia.

The Northern Irishman admitted everyone at Firhill expected Gordon Strachan to take a closer look at the 21-year-old, who has been outstanding this season.

But Devine has backed the young prospect to continue his improvement, making it impossible for the national team boss to overlook him for too much longer.

He said: “I think we were all surprised. I’ve played alongside Liam all season and he’s a great young talent. He’s still very young, but he’s a huge presence in the team.

“He’s such a big lad and I think he’s come on leaps and bounds this season. He’s been one of our best performers and he has chipped in with his fair share of goals.

“If you took him out of our side now he would be a big miss and that’s testament to how well he’s playing.

“I think he will be disappointed he wasn’t included, but all he can do is keep his head down and keep playing the way he is playing, and I’m sure that will come eventually.”

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