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Jack Grimmer and Scott Arfield may be in the next Scotland squad

Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee reckons Fulham defender Jack Grimmer and Burnley winger Scott Arfield could both be included in the next squad.

McGhee has already watched Arfield for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on a couple of occasions this season.

And McGhee concedes the 26-year-old has a particularly tough task with competition from Celtic duo Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew, James McArthur of Crystal Palace and West Brom pair James Morrison and Graham Dorrans.

But he has been impressed with Arfield, and is now planning to watch former Aberdeen defender Grimmer when Fulham play Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.

Scotland's next European Championship qualifier is against Gibraltar at Hampden Park on March 29, days after a warm-up friendly against Northern Ireland.

And McGhee will make sure Strachan is abreast of all the form players before he names his squad although he admits the current incumbents will take some shifting.

McGhee said: "On Wednesday night I am going to look at Jack Grimmer, who has now got himself into the Fulham team at right-back, to see how he is doing and I have been a couple of times recently to watch Scott Arfield at Burnley.

"These are boys who are getting good reviews down the road and who therefore deserve consideration.

"Now what they have to do is displace people who are already there. One of the most difficult jobs is for the likes of Scott Arfield.

"In the middle of the park we have Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, James Morrison and James McArthur, a group in our strongest area of the team so he has to get in ahead of them.

"And even if you play him in a wider role where he plays a lot for Burnley, you then have the likes of Graham Dorrans who is doing well for his club.

"He has to get ahead of them but we will do our due diligence and when Gordon starts to finalise his squad we will be considering what we have seen up until then, to know if we will bring them in or not."


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