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Goodwillie ready for Scotland starting bow

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Blackburn Rovers' summer signing David Goodwillie will make his first start for Scotland during tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier against Lithuania at Hampden Park.

Goodwillie replaces Kenny Miller who scored one and set up another during the draw with Czech Republic, while another player in contention, Craig Mackail-Smith misses out with a back injury.

The 22-year-old has played just 14 minutes previous to his first start, during the Faroe Islands last November, and is the only available forward remaining in the Scotland squad.

"What an opportunity for a young lad to get a chance to play in a game of this magnitude," said the Scotland manager Craig Levein.

"Technically he has the ability and also knowing him personally he won't be fazed by the size of this game.

"I put David in the squad for a reason - that's because I feel he's capable of playing international football.

"David would sit third in the pecking order and what a great opportunity for him.


 

"If I'm David Goodwillie it's an exciting time for me."

Failure to beat the Czechs on Saturday, means Scotland have an uphill task to qualify for the Euro 2012, requiring wins from their three remaining games, and help from elsewhere.

Martin Olsson will also be involved in Euro qualifying on Tuesday, as he's included in the Sweden squad to face San Marino.

Olsson failed to feature during Friday's defeat to Hungary, but will hope to assist his country keep pace with group leaders Netherlands, as Sweden look to become the best second placed team in qualifying to ensure passage to the European Championships next year.

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