Levein: Miller made for captaincy

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Scotland boss Craig Levein believes Kenny Miller boasts both the experience and the goal output to lead the national side tonight.

Levein yesterday named the former Rangers striker, who joined Turkish outfit Bursaspor last month, as his skipper for Scotland's opening Carling Nations Cup match against Northern Ireland in Dublin.

Levein said: "He is a player who leads from the front, the very nature that he plays in forward positions would tell you that. His goalscoring record and his willingness to work for the team are great attributes."

He added: "When you pull on a Scotland jersey it is absolutely vital you do everything in your power to get a victory for the country.

"Kenny epitomises that and I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever about making him captain."

The former Wolves, Celtic and Rangers striker has made an instant impact in Turkey after opting to join Bursaspor ahead of Birmingham.

Miller struck against Galatasaray on his first start and followed up with two more goals in a win over Sivasspor last week.

Levein is now hoping the most experienced player in his latest squad can maintain that form and add to the 12 goals he has scored in 51 international appearances.

Levein said: "Off the top of my head, the team that starts will have around about 150 caps between them.

"One player in the team - Kenny - has more than 50. Cap-wise he is the most experienced player and I do feel he has been in such good form this season, that he is a great example to the rest of the players."

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