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By ESPN Staff

Morrison Scotland switch given thumbs up

James Morrison has been tipped for success with Scotland by his new international team-mates.

The Darlington-born midfielder was persuaded to switch allegiance by Scotland boss Alex McLeish despite representing England at youth level.

His inclusion in the squad for Wednesday night's friendly against South Africa at Pittodrie was initially delayed because the necessary paperwork had not been completed by FIFA when McLeish named his 22-man squad last week.

With red tape now out of the way, the path is clear for the 21-year-old West Brom player to win his first Scotland cap this week, with crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Lithuania and France looming next month.

Scotland and Everton forward James McFadden said: 'I played against him when he was at Middlesbrough and he's a good player.

'He will be able to show everyone what he is all about on Wednesday night and I'm sure he will be able to handle it.'

Asked whether Morrison 'feels Scottish' yet, McFadden added: 'He's here isn't he? He's Scottish enough.'

Those thoughts were echoed by defender Russell Anderson who swapped Aberdeen for Roy Keane's Sunderland this summer.

Anderson said: 'I've seen bits of James in the Premiership over the last couple of seasons.

'He looks like a good acquisition for the Scotland squad and the experience he has gained in the Premiership will help him.'

McLeish has had no withdrawals ahead of the match at Pittodrie.