Scotland call-up Commons to replace injured Snodgrass and Rhodes

Craig Levein has called up the Celtic midfielder for their upcoming international double-header against Wales and Belgium after ankle injuries ruled out two of his players
Scotland manager Craig Levein has called-up Celtic’s Kris Commons for their international double-header against Wales and Belgium after ankle injuries ruled out Robert Snodgrass and Jordan Rhodes.

Commons, 29, last appeared for his country back in February 2011 but could be set to add to his nine caps starting with their match against Gary Coleman’s side in Cardiff on Friday.

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However, the withdrawal of Norwich City midfielder and Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes has dealt Levein a blow as Scotland look for their first win in their attempts to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Rhodes fellow Blackburn team-mate Grant Hanley had earlier pulled out of the squad with a groin strain, although Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew are expected to recover from knocks to be fit.

Everton striker Steven Naismith will serve his two-match ban, but recently-fit Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher and recently recalled Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher could be involved.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Blackpool), Allan McGregor (Besiktas), David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic), Daniel Fox (Southampton), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andy Webster (Heart of Midlothian)

Midfielders : Charlie Adam (Stoke), Scott Brown (Celtic), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Wigan Athletic), Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Kris Commons (Celtic), Matt Phillips (Blackpool)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers), Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps)