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Scotland striker Miller 'hopeful' for Reykjavik trip

Scotland are ''very hopeful'' that Kenny Miller will be fit to face Iceland on Wednesday night.

Coach Steven Pressley revealed the striker was upbeat over his chances of overcoming a hamstring problem before the crucial World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik.

Miller missed training yesterday along with full-back Graham Alexander, who suffered a thigh knock during Saturday`s 1-0 defeat by Macedonia, but both reported to Glasgow Airport this morning to make the journey.

West Brom midfielder James Morrison has pulled out of the squad however, because of the ankle problem that forced him out of the Skopje clash.

''Kenny is a slight doubt but he`s very positive and we are very hopeful,'' Pressley said at the airport this morning.

''We are still unsure about his fitness and we will know more later today.

''Kenny, as always, is positive about his prospects of playing.''

Pressley added: ''James Morrison has returned to his club because he is still struggling and we don`t want to take any risks.

''He has been a very good performer since he joined the squad. He is an excellent talent who can change a game so it`s a disappointment to lose him but I`m sure he will be back in future.

''I think Alexander is okay.''

Meanwhile, Pressley insisted there was no problem with morale following Lee McCulloch`s decision to quit international football.

The Rangers midfielder, 30, had not featured under George Burley and phoned the Scotland manager yesterday to confirm he did not want to be considered for selection.

McCulloch, who has been suffering from a knee injury, told Burley his decision was nothing personal and was based on a desire to concentrate on returning to fitness with his club.

The news has increased the pressure on Burley, who is looking for his first win as manager at the fifth attempt.

But Pressley said: ''It`s not disruptive at all. Lee made his decision and we respect that.

''The team spirit is very good so there are no fears about that.

''It`s a young side who get on well and there is definitely good spirit in the camp.''

Steven Fletcher, who joined up with the squad yesterday, backed Pressley`s assertion.

The Hibernian striker, who was promoted following his double in the under-21 win over Slovenia last week, said: ''There is a club atmosphere around the camp and it`s a good atmosphere to be part of.

''The boys have looked well in training and this is an opportunity to put three points on the board, and hopefully we do that.''

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