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  • November 14, 2012
  • • 19:15
  • • Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg)
  • Referee: C. Zimmermann
  • • Attendance: 2521
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Luxembourg - Scotland Preview: Caretaker boss Stark takes charge for minnows clash

Luxembourg - Scotland Preview: Caretaker boss Stark takes charge for minnows clash

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The interim manager has been hit by a raft of withdrawals for the clash at the Stade Josy Barthel, with the hosts enjoying improving performances in recent times

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
Joubert
Blaise, Hoffmann, Schnell, Bukvic
Bettmer, Gerson, Mutsch, Payal
Da Mota, Deville
SCOTLAND
 Scotland
Bell
Whittaker, Webster, Berra, Mulgrew
Commons, Fletcher, Kelly, Naismith
Miller, Rhodes

For Luxembourg, Luc Holtz has a full squad to choose from as Luxembourg prepare for the friendly visit of Scotland tomorrow night.

That means the coach can select Daniel Da Mota up front, with the striker recently netting a superb strike against Portugal in World Cup Qualifying.

Midfielders Lars Gerson and Mario Mutsch have also been declared fit for the friendly.

Caretaker Billy Stark has several noticeable absentees from his Scotland squad as they prepare for life without Craig Levein.

No fewer than nine squad regulars will miss the match at the Stade Josy Barthel, including Charlie Adam, Steven Fletcher, James Morrison, Phil Bardsley and Shaun Maloney.

Called up in their places are the uncapped quintet of Murray Davidson, Leigh Griffiths, Andrew Shinnie, Liam Kelly and Craig Samson, with Darren Barr, who has one cap to his name, also named in the squad.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Luxembourg are heading into the game in poor form, picking up just one draw and four defeats from their last five games.
  • Scotland have had more of a mixed bag of results, winning and drawing three and losing two of their last eight matches.
  • The Tartan Army are ranked 74 places above Luxembourg in November’s world rankings – the Scots are in 70th while Luc Holtz’s side are 144th.
  • Scotland's current world ranking is their lowest since 2005
  • Billy Stark's squad have scored 30 goals between them, although 17 of them have come from Kenny Miller, Darren Fletcher (pictured right) is the second-highest scorer in the side, with five international strikes.
  • The game will represent the first ever meeting between Scotland and Luxembourg.

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Maurice Deville
Maurice Deville
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The Germany-born striker is currently plying his trade with outfit SV Elversberg, in the fourth tier of German football. He has scored twice already in only five appearances for Luxembourg and will be looking to add to his tally against the Scots.
Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Manchester United midfielder made his international comeback against Wales in October after almost a year out of the game due to a chronic bowel problem, and his vital experience will be key as an inexperienced Tartan Army take on the minnows.
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Luxembourg are growing in confidence at international level, after pushing Portugal all the way in a recent clash, before falling to a late 2-1 defeat. Scotland have been hit by a raft of withdrawals, although many of the squad may be keen to show what they can do at senior level, as will interim boss Billy Stark.
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