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Craig Levein hopes Darren Fletcher will return for World Cup qualifiers

Scotland manager Craig Levein hopes captain Darren Fletcher will be available for the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in September, despite the Manchester United midfielder taking an extended break from the game with no timescale given on a comeback.

Police allow Scots to stage qualifiers on Friday nights

Scotland’s bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup has been backed by Strathclyde Police after the scheduling of Friday night matches at Hampden Park was approved.

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Positive thinking: Croatia look devastating, Cyprus could have scored more, but Friday night buoyed Craig Levein’s outlook

SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein didn’t sully his satisfaction over Friday night’s friendly win over Cyprus by repairing to a sports bar near the team’s Limassol hotel to watch forthcoming World Cup 2014 opponents Croatia batter Turkey 3-0 in Istanbul.

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Cyprus 1 - 2 Scotland: Glorious goals give Scots lift in Cyprus win

KENNY MILLER and Jamie Mackie struck glorious goals to give Scotland a narrow friendly victory in Larnaca.

Friendly in Cyprus is priceless for Levein

Scotland manager Craig Levein is looking to bolster his squad’s strength in depth ahead of a keenly competitive World Cup qualifying group by handing game time to some fringe players in Cyprus tonight.

Scotland team to play Cyprus: Jamie Mackie makes return after leg break

QPR forward Jamie Mackie has been handed a start for Scotland in tonight’s friendly against Cyprus in Larnaca.

Behave or face consequences, says Darren Fletcher

We’re no angels, admits captain but team can learn from past disciplinary problems

Two-striker experiment but Craig Levein is still cautious

CRAIG Levein is contemplating fielding two strikers at some point in tonight’s friendly in Cyprus to determine if there might be mileage in switching from his usual 4-1-4-1 formation in future.

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Craig Levein welcomes decision to allow poppies on Scotland jerseys

SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein today welcomed the decision to allow his players to display poppies against Cyprus in order to honour the war dead - a group that includes his own grandfather.

Craig Levein expects to have fully fit squad for Cyprus friendly

SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein expects to have a full squad to choose from for tomorrow night’s friendly in Cyprus, despite training without several players in recent days.

All Rhodes pointing to competition

Craig MACKAIL-SMITH is excited by the breakthrough of Jordan Rhodes to the Scotland squad despite the Huddersfield striker providing him competition up front.

James McFadden ‘has not been forgotten’ insists Craig Levein

SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein has maintained he is open to the prospect of an international return for James McFadden.

Robson believes friendly fire can only aid Scotland

Barry Robson is right behind Craig Levein’s plans to play as many friendly games as possible as he looks forward to Scotland’s clash with Cyprus in Larnaca on Friday night.

Craig Levein eager to ease latest call-ups into national mix

Scotland manager talks up benefits of Cyprus training camp

Scotland squad: Mackie and Martin return as Levein drops Bannan

SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein has recalled Russell Martin and Jamie Mackie for this month’s friendly against Cyprus.

Craig Levein wins SFA support despite Euro 2012 failure

SCOTTISH Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has given national team manager Craig Levein the full support of the governing body after failing to reach the play-offs of Euro 2012.

Craig Levein looks to future as he faces up to failure

CRAIG Levein has vowed to learn from his first qualifying campaign as Scotland manager after the hope of reaching another major finals was finally extinguished in Spain on Tuesday night.

Scots’ play-off bid dashed but Levein is buoyed by recent form and greater knowledge of squad

AS Scotland’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign ended in Alicante with a comprehensive 3-1 Group I defeat to Spain, manager Craig Levein insists he and his squad are in far better shape now than they were at the outset of the qualification bid which was extinguished in the Costa Blanca last night.

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Mackail-Smith to lead the line in unchanged Scotland team

CRAIG Mackail-Smith has shrugged off a back problem to lead the attack for Scotland in tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain.

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