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Celtic striker McDonald omitted from Australia squad

Celtic striker Scott McDonald has been left out of the Socceroos squad for the upcoming Asian Cup qualifier against Oman putting his World Cup ambitions at risk. The non-selection of the Hoops hit-man was the biggest indication yet that coach Pim Verbeek is unimpressed with the strikers international form where he has now played 15 games and has yet to score a goal.

Verbeek said: "With Scott McDonald, for the moment I have enough strikers available. If I lose Josh for this game, I will probably take another player.

"We don't have another player like Josh Kennedy, that's clear, so maybe we have to look and find a different player.

"Scott is a different type of player to Josh. There's some players doing well in the A-League at the moment. They are on the list."

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