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Duo get surprise Scotland call

St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson and MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie have won surprise call-ups to the Scotland squad for the friendly against Cyprus after six players pulled out through injury.

Blackpool left-back Stephen Crainey and Cardiff winger Craig Conway have also been added to the squad for the clash in Larnaca on Friday night.

Charlie Adam, Graham Dorrans, Alan Hutton, Lee Wallace, Russell Martin and David Marshall have withdrawn, the Scottish Football Association confirmed on Twitter.

MacKenzie's call is the most left-field with the defender having signed for League One MK Dons from Dundee in July 2010, while Samson has impressed with St Mirren this season, keeping seven clean sheets in 17 games.

Their inclusions are, however, likely to be overshadowed by the absences Adam, Hutton and Martin, who all completed 90 minutes for their respective Premier League clubs on Saturday, while Dorrans was subbed late in West Brom's loss at Arsenal.

The SFA indicated that Adam and Hutton are suffering with knee complaints while Martin and Dorrans have been listed with ankle injuries.

Wallace's omission was likely after he was replaced in the first half of Rangers' 3-1 success over Dundee United on Saturday while David Marshall is suffering with illness.

Wallace's injury paved the way for the return of Crainey, for whom he had replaced only last month when the Blackpool defender was forced out of the squad to play Liechtenstein and Spain with injury.


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