SCOTLAND boss Alex McLeish has been rocked by three more withdrawals for the Nations League games against Albania and Israel.

Stephen O’Donnell, Charlie Mulgrew and Kevin McDonald have pulled out of the squad and the international gaffer will ponder on replacements within the next 24 hours.

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke had already hinted right-back O’Donnell was set to miss out after he sustained a hamstring injury in training. The powerful defender was sidelined for his club’s 1-0 win over Premiership leaders Hearts at Tynecastle yesterday.

The player had originally been named in McLeish’s pool for the vital ties against the Albanians away on Saturday and the final group game against the Israelis at Hampden a week on Tuesday.

O’Donnell, though, will now miss out the double-header and was joined at the weekend by Blackburn Rovers skipper Mulgrew and Fulham midfielder McDonald.

The former Celtic star is struggling with a rib problem at Tony Mowbray’s Ewood side while McDonald will sit out his club’s Premier League encounter with Liverpool at Anfield today.

The ex-Dundee ace has a hamstring problem.

Scotland are second in Nations League C Group 1 with three points from two games.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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