Scotloand boss looks forward to friendly.
Scotland manager Craig Levein is hoping to find the next Barry Bannan during his country’s friendly encounter with Cyprus on Friday.
The 21-year-old shone on his full debut, a 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands last November that was marked by a full team of withdrawals.
The Aston Villa midfielder became a key player in the latter half of Scotland’s unsuccessful Euro 2012 campaign, but was left out of the squad to face Cyprus because of his recent arrest on suspicion of drink-driving.
Levein was hit with six withdrawals before flying to Cyprus yesterday but he is keen to see how squad debutants Jordan Rhodes, Ryan Stevenson, Gary MacKenzie and Craig Samson cope with the trip.
“This time last year we got Bannan out of a friendly against the Faroes,” Levein said. “There have been other situations where we’ve discovered players.
“So guys like Jordan Rhodes and others will hopefully step up to the plate here. Just seeing the guys in training makes a big difference.
“It also lets me see the mentality and how they cope with stepping into playing with international players in training.
“Some of them get a little bit overawed by it, others take to it immediately.
“It’s important to see what they are like around the group. It gives me an opportunity to meet them, get to know them.
“There’s a bit more time than just a couple of days and playing a game.”