Brown omitted from Scotland squad

  • Last Updated: August 30 2012, 16:13 BST

Scott Brown has been left out of the Scotland squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia as he continues to battle a hip problem.

Scott Brown: Still battling a hip problem

The Celtic captain played 90 minutes on Wednesday night as his team beat Helsingborg 2-0 to reach the Champions League group stages.

But the midfielder is still being troubled by the injury and was omitted for the Hampden encounters following talks with Scotland manager Craig Levein.

Brown has played in all four of Celtic's Champions League qualifiers but has not featured in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season.

Levein said: "Scott Brown is fairly straightforward - he is injured.

"He's hardly trained and he has been playing probably just in the really important matches.

"He took an injection to play last night and he's visiting a specialist on Thursday and trying to resolve the issues that he has.

"I had a good chat with him last night and would have liked him to be involved in the squad.

"If it becomes a situation where the specialist feels that maybe he can be involved, I can bring him into the group. But it looks unlikely at this time."

There was better news on the injury front with Allan McGregor included and confident of being fit to face Serbia on September 8.

The Besiktas goalkeeper suffered a groin injury in Scotland's friendly win over Australia last month but he is in Levein's squad along with Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks and Cardiff's David Marshall.

Levein said: "I've spoken to Allan and he feels a lot better and he feels he will be fit to play.

"There's still a small element of doubt. The good thing is we gather on Sunday and that game is not until Saturday so we have plenty of time to assess him.

"He's experienced and he knows his body and he's confident he will be fit.

"There has to be a small element of doubt and we will assess him when he arrives and have a look at him in training."

There is no place for the in-form Celtic winger Kris Commons while Leeds striker Ross McCormack and Huddersfield forward Jordan Rhodes retain their places after scoring in the 3-1 win over Australia.

Captain Darren Fletcher is not in the squad as he continues his battle to overcome a bowel condition, but he will join up with his team-mates in the build up.

Striker Kenny Miller returns after being rested for the Australia victory but there is no place for his Vancouver Whitecaps team-mate Barry Robson.

Barry Bannan drops out but his Aston Villa team-mate Alan Hutton remains in the squad despite not playing for his club this season.

Southampton left-back Danny Fox keeps his place amid the absence of the injured Phil Bardsley.

Rangers midfielder Ian Black and Blackburn striker David Goodwillie, who were both late call-ups for the Australia friendly, are left out. There are no Rangers players in the squad.

Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who missed the Australia friendly through injury, has not been able to force his way back in.

Squad: Gilks (Blackpool), McGregor (Besiktas), Marshall (Cardiff); Berra (Wolves), Caldwell (Wigan), Fox (Southampton), Hanley (Blackburn), Hutton (Aston Villa), Martin (Norwich), Mulgrew (Celtic), Webster (Hearts); Adam (Liverpool), Cowie (Cardiff), Dorrans (West Brom), Forrest (Celtic), Mackie (QPR), Maloney (Wigan), Morrison (West Brom), Naismith (Everton), Phillips (Blackpool), Snodgrass (Norwich); McCormack (Leeds), Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Rhodes (Huddersfield).