Scotland boosted by return of Man Utd’s Fletcher, Sunderland’s Fletcher and Celtic’s Brown

Scotland boss Craig Levein is thrilled to have a very handy trio back in his calculations for tonight’s World Cup qualifier with Wales.

Scotland boss Craig Levein is thrilled to have a very handy trio back in his calculations for tonight’s World Cup qualifier with Wales.

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is back from his absence due to a chronic bowel problem, Celtic captain Scott Brown returns from an ankle injury which kept him out of last month’s draws with Macedonia and Serbia and Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is back in the fold after his hiatus following his text message drama.

Prior to the Group A clash in Cardiff tonight, Levein is delighted that players of this ilk are again available to lead the country towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“They are not just high-quality players, they understand the nature of big games,” he said.

“Having Steven back is also great. They have all added quality but they have also added an edge. Steven has been different class.

“Broony has been tormenting him all week, so that’s helped! He’s been great.

“On the training field he is really bright. I see him with the rest of the lads having a laugh. We also have an addition of 86 caps in Scott Brown and Darren Fletcher.

“Having the best striker in the Premier League, in Steven, gives us a better chance than the last game. That gives me greater encouragement and our back-up positions are really strong.”

 
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