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Captain McMillan among EIGHT players axed by stricken Scottish side Dunfermline

Captain McMillan among EIGHT players axed by stricken Scottish side Dunfermline

PUBLISHED:

18:58 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:59 GMT, 28 March 2013

Captain Jordan McMillan has confirmed that he is among eight players made redundant by crisis club Dunfermline

The defender used his Twitter
account to reveal that he had been axed by the Scottish First Division side.

McMillan wrote: 'The news is true i
have been made redundant with immediate affect but loved my time at club
as captain hope boys do well rest of season.'

Axed: Dunfermline's Jordan McMillan leaves East End Park after being told he is being made redundant

Axed: Dunfermline's Jordan McMillan leaves East End Park after being told he is being made redundant

Dunfermline players had been called
to a meeting with the club's interim administrator to learn which of
them will lose their jobs.

Players and staff reported for a 4pm
meeting with Bryan Jackson, who had warned of 'brutal' cuts after being
appointed by a court on Wednesday.

The last walk Dunfermline players trudge off after defeat to Falkirk last night

The last walk Dunfermline players trudge off after defeat to Falkirk last night

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart and manager Jim Jefferies were also at the meeting at East End Park.

The club applied to go into administration to avert being wound up over an unpaid 134,000 tax bill.
Jackson, who has performed the same role at Clyde, Clydebank,
Motherwell, Dundee and Portsmouth, said: 'I'll be honest and say this is
as bad a situation as I've seen at a football club. It's going to be as
challenging as anything I've done in the past.

More to follow

Charity: Dunfermline staff are appealing for donations to the club due to their current financial situation

Charity: Dunfermline staff are appealing for donations to the club due to their current financial situation


Angry: Dunfermline fans express their opinions with a banner calling the situation an 'insult' to the club

Angry: Dunfermline fans express their opinions with a banner calling the situation an 'insult' to the club


Request: Roy Barry (second right) asked if Sir Alex could help in any way

Troubled times: The board are appealing for fans to support the team through the choppy waters

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 17 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 18 February 2013

Motherwell have confirmed the signing of Scottish winger James McFadden until the end of the season after his short term contract was not renewed by Sunderland.

The 29-year-old had scored 32 goals while he was a teenager at the club before his 1.25million move to Everton.

The announcement caused so much interest among Motherwell fans that their official club website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news.

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

He had attracted interest from two other
SPL clubs, which meant Motherwell moved fast to tie down, and he may be
available to play as early as Tuesday against Dundee United.

Talks had
continued from last week as McFadden was keen to rejoin the side he
last played for in August 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.

According to The Sun, last week manager Stuart McCall didn't want to talk about the McFadden situation directly, saying: 'He's a talented player but there's nothing more to report than that.

'We provide facilities for a few of our former players. Marc Fitzpatrick is in training with us and I think Paul Slane is coming in next week as well.

McFadden wanted to get a deal sorted out as soon as possible to move back to his former hunting ground and was at their 3-0 win against Inverness on Saturday.

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

The club are hoping that McFadden will not only boost morale in the team, but also attract more numbers to Fir Park.

The winger, who was originally known for the number of dribbles he made in games for the North-Lanarkshrie club, moved to Sunderland last October but only made three substitue appearances, totaling just 34 minutes.

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Sir Alex Ferguson watches Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama at Parkhead

Fergie runs the rule over Celtic midfielder Wanyama as United boss returns to Glasgow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

08:43 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 23 January 2013

As his Manchester United side prepare for this weekend's FA Cup clash against Fulham 4,500 miles away in Qatar, Sir Alex Ferguson returned to his Glasgow roots to watch Celtic's 4-0 victory over Dundee United.

The Old Trafford boss was spotted in the Parkhead crowd as Neil Lennon's SPL leaders romped to an emphatic SPL win with Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama putting in a stand-out performance.

All smiles: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands at Parkhead on Tuesday night to watch Celtic beat Dundee United

All smiles: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands at Parkhead on Tuesday night to watch Celtic beat Dundee United

United are believed to be among a host of potential suitors for the 21-year-old, who struck the hosts' second goal of the evening in the 33rd minute.

Lennon is keen to keep hold of Wanyama, who arrived at the Scottish club from Belgian outfit Beerschot in 2011 and has played an instrumental role in guiding Celtic into the knockout stages of this season's Champions League.

Ferguson, meanwhile, will today pay his respects to Sean Fallon as the United manager attends the funeral of the Celtic legend, who was the assistant to Jock Stein when they won the European Cup in 1967.

Standing out: Victor Wanyama was impressive and scored Celtic's second in their 4-0 win

Standing out: Victor Wanyama was impressive and scored Celtic's second in their 4-0 win

Robin van Persie lands 60k jackpot for lucky punter

RVP winner for Manchester United lands 60k jackpot for one lucky punter

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UPDATED:

12:39 GMT, 12 December 2012

Robin van Persie’s injury-time winner in the Manchester derby did more than strengthen United’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League — it earned one punter at Ladbrokes over 60,000 from a 2 accumulator.

The lucky winner placed the bet in a Ladbrokes shop in Birmingham and scooped the windfall after all 14 of his selections were successful.

Priceless winner: Robin van Persie's late goal helped one punter cash in

Priceless winner: Robin van Persie's late goal helped one punter cash in

The winning selections

Arsenal to be West Brom @ 8/15

Fulham to beat Newcastle @ 10/11

Man United to win at Man City @ 15/8

Chelsea to win at Sunderland @ 4/5

Nottingham Forest to beat Burnley @ 10/11

Middlesbrough to win at Peterborough @ 10/11

Hull to win at Watford @ 7/4

Coventry to beat Walsall @ 8/11

Crewe to win at Preston @ 13/5

Bournemouth to win at Scunthorpe @ 1/1

Dundee United to win at Dundee @ 5/6

Hearts to beat Aberdeen @ 13/10

Inverness to beat Hibernian @ 11/10

Celtic to win at Kilmarnock @ 2/5

The initial sum was 46,814.56, but the winner qualified for an additional 30 per cent bonus for being an Odds On customer.

All English and Scottish league and cup games are included as part of the bonus, which increases depending on the number of selections.

The 30 per cent bonus is for accumulators predicting nine results or more.

Van Persie’s stoppage-time goal was one of the highlights as Manchester United were included at 15/8 to inflict a first home defeat on City since 2010.

Equally bold was picking Crewe to triumph at Preston, which was the biggest-priced inclusion at 13/5, while the punter also took the mammoth risk of siding with Fulham in their Monday night win over Newcastle, meaning he had 24 hours nervously waiting for one more result to ensure his payout.

Craig Levein taking legal advice after Scotland sacking

Axed Scotland boss Levein seeking legal advice as fallout from dismissal continues

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UPDATED:

08:41 GMT, 8 November 2012

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein has confirmed he is taking legal advice following his dismissal.

Levein was 'relieved of his duties' by the Scottish Football Association on Monday, who stressed they would honour the remaining 20 months of his contract.

The former Hearts and Dundee United boss was removed from his role four days after the seven-man SFA board first met to discuss his position, with a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign cited as the main reason for their decision.

Legal advice: Craig Levein was sacked after a poor start to World Cup qualifying

Legal advice: Craig Levein was sacked after a poor start to World Cup qualifying

In a statement on Wednesday night, Levein said: 'I would like to thank everyone who has supported the team and I during my time as Scotland manager.

'It has been a privilege to have done the job and I would like to thank my backroom staff who have worked tirelessly during my time as manager.

'Most of all I would like to thank the players for their unswerving loyalty, effort and professionalism. I am extremely disappointed by the process of the last week.

'I note the position as stated by the Scottish Football Association but do not concur and I am currently taking legal advice as to my options. I will make no further comment at this time.'

Meanwhile, interim boss Billy Stark is determined to use the friendly against Luxembourg to galvanise a Scotland squad left disappointed by Levein's departure.

Gordon Strachan and Owen Coyle are among those who have been tipped to fill the vacancy and Under 21s boss Stark has refused to rule himself out of the running.

Axe: SFA chiefs Stewart Regan and Campbell Ogilvie confirmed the departure

Axe: SFA chiefs Stewart Regan and Campbell Ogilvie confirmed the departure

But he insists his priority right now is boosting morale ahead of the match on November 14.

Stark said: 'I can say categorically I'm not thinking anywhere beyond this game. I've got enough on my plate trying to get the players lifted because they are disappointed that Craig has left.

'It has been very apparent that there was a real loyalty there to Craig. I've spoken to a few of the senior players and they are old and wise enough to know that we have to move on.

'But they are very disappointed and part of the job will be to try to lift morale and get a really positive attitude going into the game.'

On his own interest in the job long-term, Stark said: 'I've been happy in the Under 21s job and I'm honoured and absolutely delighted to have the faith of the board that I can prove myself capable of taking the team next week.

'I don't think you rule anything out in football.'

Celtic v Barcelona preview: Emilio Izaguirre sidelined for six weeks

Lennon dealt Izaguirre blow on eve of Barca visit with defender out for six weeks

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UPDATED:

16:39 GMT, 6 November 2012

Emilio Izaguirre has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury and will miss Celtic's Champions League Group G clash with Barcelona at Parkhead on Wednesday night.

The Hoops left-back came off during the 2-2 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw with Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday and Thomas Rogne is out for two weeks with a calf complaint picked up in the same game.

Winger James Forrest (hamstring) and strikers Gary Hooper (hamstring), Lassad (groin) and Georgios Samaras (ankle) missed the trip to Tayside and only the latter has a chance of making the game against the Catalan giants.

Injury blow: Neil Lennon will be without Emile Izaguirre for the visit of Barcelona with the defender sidelined for six weeks through injury

Injury blow: Neil Lennon will be without Emile Izaguirre for the visit of Barcelona with the defender (who was injured at the weekend, below) sidelined for six weeks

Pain game: Izaguirre suffered the injury at Dundee United

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: 'Izaguirre is out for six weeks. He had a scan on Tuesday.

'Rogne is looking at two weeks with a calf strain. James Forrest will be out for a week or two with a hamstring strain. Lassad has a groin strain.

'Samaras is hopeful but Hooper is very, very doubtful so we are a little bit stretched.'

Lennon stressed the importance to his plans of Samaras, who scored in the 2-1 defeat in the Nou Camp last month.

He said: 'It is hugely disruptive because they are big players and they have been for quite a while here and they would have been pivotal to the way we wanted to play tomorrow.

All smiles: Celtic captain Scott Brown (C) laughs with his team-mates during a training

All smiles: Celtic captain Scott Brown (C) laughs with his team-mates during a training

'However, we have good strength in depth and we will still have a very strong team to play on Wednesday evening.

'But regardless of the other injuries, it is important that Samaras does make it.

'He has been very unlucky with injuries because his form has been excellent in the qualifiers and in the early part of the season.

'He had the bad elbow injury playing for Greece which set him back three or four weeks.

'He came back for the Barca game and played very well until he picked up the ankle injury so even if the rest of the players were fit, Samaras would have been very important to us and we are hoping he is going to make kick-off.'

Star sighting: Lionel Messi arrives with his Barcelona team-mates in Glasgow

Star sighting: Lionel Messi arrives with his Barcelona team-mates in Glasgow

Craig Levein sacked by Scotland with Gordon Strachan favourite to replace him

Levein finally axed as Scotland boss with Strachan favourite to take over

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UPDATED:

17:36 GMT, 5 November 2012

Craig Levein has been sacked as Scotland manager by the Scottish Football Association for a string of bad results.

The seven-man SFA board asked chief executive Stewart Regan for more information over the weekend before deciding his fate, a move which was widely derided.

His last game in charge was the defeat in Belgium almost three weeks ago, with a squad for the forthcoming friendly in Luxembourg due to be named on Tuesday.

At last: Craig Levein's fate had been drawn out

At last: Craig Levein's fate had been drawn out

WHO'S UP NEXT

Among the favourites are:

Gordan Strachan 7/4Owen Coyle 12-1Alex McLeish 12-1Walter Smith 12-1Billy Davies 14-1Joe Jordan 15-2

Most Scottish fans thought Levein's fate should have been an easy decision after a shocking start to the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

The Scottish FA must pay 700,000 to the manager and decide who will name the squad for the friendly on November 14.

SFA performance director Mark Wotte could be asked to, or Under 21 coach Billy Stark.

Levein's assistant Peter Houston has made himself unavailable thanks to club commitments – he also manages Dundee United.

Watchful: Levein (right) went to see Sunderland v Aston Villa before being sacked

Watchful: Levein (right) went to see Sunderland v Aston Villa before being sacked

WHAT THEY SAID

On my way back from to hear Craig Levein has gone. Unbelievable. Can't believe the Scottish papers got what they wanted – Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam via Twitter

Scotland and stoke midfielder Charlie Adam blamed the press after hearing reports that Levein had lost his job.

He wrote on his official Twitter account: 'On my way back to hear Craig Levein has gone. Unbelievable. Can't believe the Scottish papers got what they wanted.'

Speaking after his side’s 2-2 draw
with Celtic on Sunday, Houston was asked if a decision on Levein's
future should have been reached by now.

‘I think so,’ he said. ‘It shouldn’t take so long. It’s nearly three weeks since the Belgium game.

‘Fair
enough if the SFA wanted the situation to calm down a wee bit — but,
after discussing it for two days then, it shouldn’t be that hard to make
a decision.’

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Levein revealed last Wednesday he had pleaded his case with chief executive Stewart Regan and president Campbell Ogilvie after returning from the holiday that followed last month's double header.

The Association of Tartan Army Clubs held a meeting with the SFA chief executive and other Hampden officials last week.

They said: ‘We want to register the
disappointment of our membership at recent results and performances and
trust that this will be attended to with the utmost urgency.

‘The manager is not carrying the support of the majority of our membership.’

Scotland’s next competitive games are not until March, with the World Cup double-header against Wales and Serbia.

Gordan Strachan

Owen Coyle

Roll up, roll up: Will Gordon Strachan or Owen Coyle be the next Scotland boss

Levein has the worst record of any Scotland boss in nearly 60 years. He took over in December 2009 and his contract was due to run until after the 2014 World Cup.

He
has only won three of the 12 competitive matches he has spent in charge
of Scotland and has just two points out of a potential 12 in the World
Cup group.

Several candidates are in contention
to replace Levein, including currently out-of-work managers Gordon
Strachan and Owen Coyle.

Alex McLeish is also up there having been dismissed by Aston Villa in the summer.

Dundee United 2 Celtic 2: Match report

Dundee United 2 Celtic 2: Ambrose blunder gifts Houston a point as Hoops throw away two-goal lead at the death

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UPDATED:

15:40 GMT, 4 November 2012

Dundee United came from two behind in dramatic fashion to grab an unlikely share of the points against sloppy Celtic in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Tannadice.

The Hoops were leading through goals from Miku, his first for the club since signing on loan from Getafe in the summer, and Tony Watt and looked certain to take the points back to Glasgow.

However, in the final minute of normal time United substitute Gary Mackay-Steven, on for Richie Ryan, scored what looked like a late consolation only for Efe Ambrose, on for the injured Thomas Rogne, to put a Barry Douglas cross past his own goalkeeper Fraser Forster in injury time.

Slice of luck: Dundee United players celebrate saving a point at the death against Celtic

Slice of luck: Dundee United players celebrate saving a point at the death against Celtic

MATCH FACTS

Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Douglas, Flood, Ryan (Mackay-Steven 64), Rankin, Armstrong (Skacel 74), Daly, Russell (Millar 90)

Goals: Mackay-Steven 89, Ambrose OG 90

Subs not used: Banks, McLean, Gardyne, Dow,

Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Rogne (Ambrose 20), Wilson, Izaguirre (Miku 49), Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew, Commons (McCourt 82), Watt

Goals: Mike 69, Watt 80

Booked: Izaguirre, Wanyama, Brown, Watt

Subs not used: Zaluska, Lustig, Kayal, Ibrahim

Referee: Willie Collum

Celtic went back top of the SPL table
but it was not the end to the game manager Neil Lennon was looking for
ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Barcelona at
Celtic Park.

However, United boss Peter Houston,
who watched his side lose against Hearts on penalties in their Scottish
Communities League Cup quarter-final in midweek, will be delighted at
taking a point from a game that looked all over when Watt scored with 10
minutes remaining.

Lennon made three changes to the team which beat St Johnstone 5-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Adam Matthews, Rogne and Charlie
Mulgrew came in at the expense of Mikael Lustig, Ambrose and Gary
Hooper, the latter not even on the bench.

Houston brought in Douglas for
Michael Gardyne, who started as substitute, which allowed skipper Jon
Daly to resume his place in attack.

It was not until the 13th minute that
fans witnessed their first real piece of goalmouth action when Rogne
headed Scott Brown's cross from the right past the post from no more
than eight yards.

On the way: Miku scores Celtic's opener midway through the second half

On the way: Miku scores Celtic's opener midway through the second half

Relief: Mike celebrates after giving Celtic the lead at Tannadice

Relief: Mike celebrates after giving Celtic the lead at Tannadice

The visitors were busier and more
purposeful but suffered a blow in the 20th minute when Ambrose had to
replace Rogne after the Norwegian stopper limped off with a leg injury.

Moments later, Celtic threatened
again when midfielder Victor Wanyama burst powerfully through the middle
and when Kris Commons sent a cross from wide on the right to the far
post, Watt headed over.

It took a timely intervention by
Douglas in the 28th minute to prevent Commons getting a clear strike on
target from 14 yards after the Hoops midfielder had been played in
Brown, with the ball trickling back to Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Doubling up: Tony Watt was on hand to put Celtic two goals ahead against Dundee United

Doubling up: Tony Watt was on hand to put Celtic two goals ahead against Dundee United

Cause for concern: Celtic celebrations were tempered by an injury worry over Emillio Izaguirre

Cause for concern: Celtic celebrations were tempered by an injury worry over Emillio Izaguirre

The home side were very slowly making
their way into the game and in the 35th minute United midfielder Stuart
Armstrong finished off a fine move by thrashing a drive from 25 yards
over the bar.

Celtic reasserted themselves before the break and should have taken the lead five minutes from the interval.

Mulgrew's whipped-in cross from the
left found Brown unmarked inside the box but the Celtic skipper failed
to get a proper connection on the ball with his head and it flew wide.

The champions almost took the lead
less than a minute after the restart when Watt released overlapping
left-back Emilio Izaguirre inside the United box but the Honduran hit
the outside of the post with his left-footed effort.

Men in the middle: Victor Wangama and John Rankin get stuck in at Tannadice

Men in the middle: Victor Wangama and John Rankin get stuck in at Tannadice

Almost immediately Izaguirre was replaced by Miku, who went up alongside Watt, with Mulgrew moving to left-back.

Moments later United missed their
best chance of the match. Former Celtic midfielder Willo Flood's
powerful long-range shot was spilled by Forster and Johnny Russell
blazed over the bar from around eight yards out.

Then, after Wanyama was booked for a
foul on John Rankin, from Douglas's free-kick United defender Gavin
Gunning stabbed the ball wide from six yards.

Tussle: Celtic captain Scott Brown tries to get away from Dundee United's John Rankin

Tussle: Celtic captain Scott Brown tries to get away from Dundee United's John Rankin

But when Celtic's landmark opener
from Miku arrived soon afterwards it was well deserved. Wanyama
combined with Watt, who played in the Venezuelan, and he calmly chipped
the ball over Cierzniak from 10 yards and raced to take the acclaim of
the Celtic fans, before picking up a booking by referee Willie Collum
for his troubles.

The home side had only themselves to blame when Watt grabbed the Hoops' second with 10 minutes remaining.

A poor clearance from Cierzniak
arrived at the feet of the teenage striker and he bore down on goal
before rifling in a shot before he too was booked for leaving the pitch.

It looked to be all over for United,
even when Mackay-Steven guided the ball past Forster after Kelvin Wilson
had cleared a shot from United substitute Rudi Skacel, on for
Armstrong.

However, there was more drama to
follow in the first minute of added time when Ambrose, at full stretch,
headed a Douglas cross into his own net to leave the travelling fans and
Lennon bemused.

Nottingham Forest want Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven

Forest planning double raid on Dundee United for Russell and Mackay-Steven

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 30 October 2012

Nottingham Forest are keen on Dundee United’s Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Forest scouts are to watch forward Russell, 22, in Wednesday’s Scottish League Cup quarter-final against Hearts.

Mackay-Steven, also 22, is a winger.

Wanted: Johnny Russell (centre) is target for Nottingham Forest

Wanted: Johnny Russell (centre) is target for Nottingham Forest

Scott Brown hopeful of being fit for Wales clash

Scotland midfielder Brown hopeful of being fit for Wales clash

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 8 October 2012

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown is optimistic he will be fit to face Wales on Friday – and has not ruled out playing against Belgium too.

Brown missed Celtic's win over Hearts on Sunday to rest his ongoing hip problem after helping Neil Lennon's side beat Spartak Moscow on an artificial pitch in Russia.

Speaking at Scotland's Mar Hall base on Monday, Brown said: 'I'm not too bad, I'm getting there slowly.

Optimistic: Brown has a hip problem

Optimistic: Brown has a hip problem

'I'm going to try for Friday first of all and see how I am. I'll take everything one step at a time and Wales is the most important game now.

'I missed out on the Hearts game at the weekend but I'm feeling not too bad just now. I'll see how training goes in the next few days.'

When asked if he could play both of the World Cup qualifiers, Brown said: 'I don't see why not. I feel okay.

'After the game on Friday, if I play, I'll take it step by step. We will just have to wait and see.'

Lennon has already given Brown and Scotland manager Craig Levein his blessing for Brown to play both matches if possible.

'He says it is up to me, if I feel fine
to play one game, play one, and if I feel okay for two, just go ahead
and do it, whatever my body can handle just now,' the former Hibernian
player said.

Plastic pitch: Brown complained about the surface at the Luzhniki

Plastic pitch: Brown complained about the surface at the Luzhniki

Brown has missed a number of Clydesdale bank Premier League matches with his hip complaint but played two games in a week last month, against Benfica and Dundee, and revealed his latest lay-off was largely down to the surface in the Luzhniki Stadium.

'The Astroturf did me,' Brown said. 'It was solid, there was no give. It was quite hard twisting and turning on it.

'We are back to grass so I think we should be okay for the upcoming couple of games.'

Meanwhile, Blackburn defender Grant Hanley has pulled out of the Scotland squad with a groin strain, assistant manager Peter Houston has confirmed.