Faroes friendly perfect opportunity for young Scots

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Danny Wilson and Barry Bannan will make their Scotland debuts on Tuesday night and skipper Darren Fletcher claims that is just one of the reasons why the friendly against the Faroe Islands is worthwhile.

Liverpool defender Wilson, 18, and 20-year-old Aston Villa midfielder Bannan have been named in Craig Levein's line-up for the Pittodrie clash after nine players withdrew from an already under-strength squad

But Fletcher feels the introduction of several youngsters will add a vibrancy to the contest, and said: "Ask any of the younger lads or the newcomers in the squad if it's an inconvenience. They will be delighted to be here. They have a chance to represent their country."

He added: "Me being captain, I am delighted to be here to help them and to watch them. I'm looking forward to the game because of the youthfulness of the squad.

"I want to play beside these players and hopefully play with them in the future."

Wilson will line up alongside Wigan's Steven Caldwell in central defence with Blackpool left-back Stephen Crainey winning his first cap since 2004.

Craig Gordon returns in goal after recovering from a broken arm while his Sunderland team-mate Phil Bardsley wins his second cap at right-back.

Fletcher is expected to line up alongside Shaun Maloney and Charlie Adam in a creative midfield with Kris Commons and Bannan out wide.

Jamie Mackie has been handed the centre-forward role he normally fills for QPR after playing wide right during his first two caps.

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