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CRAIG LEVEIN is ready to sensationally AXE in-form Kenny Miller for the Euro 2012 crunch in Prague.

SunSport understands Scotland gaffer Levein will hand a shock debut to QPR rookie Jamie Mackie. He will partner Stevie Naismith in an unorthodox 4-2-2-2 for- mation against the Czech Republic.

The pair will be deployed in wider roles with West Brom's Graham Dorrans and James Morrison in support.

Skipper Darren Fletcher and fit-again Gary Caldwell will anchor midfield.

Scott Brown's hopes of recovering from an ankle problem are fading.

Rangers keeper Allan McGregor and Spurs right-back Alan Hutton are the other big injury worries.

It's the omission of Miller - who would have won his 50th cap in Prague - that will stun the Tartan Army.

The Rangers hitman is in the best scoring form of his career and he netted against Liechtenstein last month.

He leads the SPL scoring charts with 10 goals in just seven games and has also been a key figure in Gers' Champions League campaign this season.

Now it's believed he'll be stuck on the bench as Levein goes with Mackie and Naismith.

Levein will stick with the back four and keeper who kept a clean sheet in the group opener in Lithuania last month.

Levein used the new-look system in training yesterday.

It's a body blow for Miller, who'd hoped to enter the SFA Hall of Fame on Friday.

Speaking exclusively to SunSport before the revelations of team changes, Miller said: "My Scotland career has flown in. To make 50 caps and the Hall of Fame would be a really fantastic achievement. It would be an achievement I would be very proud of.

"If I play, it will be a great night and I just hope I can mark it with a win and a goal."


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It would be a farce if Gary Caldwell starts.

As for Miller - Mackie is like for like, a striker who is also in form and never gives defenders a moments peace. If it means Miller is rested for another week, I'm all for it!

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How can Caldwell start? Hasn't played a minute, just off surgery, his manager doesn't want him to play, isn't fit.... A total bombscare in a Scotland shirt. Remember Norway away? Him and his brother.

I though Levein might be good for Scotland. If any of this is true, then we have no hope. Wattie could do a better job in his sleep. (So could ECK). So could I for that matter. So could almost all of this forum (while I'm at at it!). lol

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Anyone know whats up with Shagger?

Edit THIGH. But not serious and will start. (tu)

From the BBC site:

Allan McGregor has been passed fit to travel to the Czech Republic with the Scotland squad after the goalkeeper underwent a scan on a thigh injury.


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