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Grant gutted to miss out

25 March 2015

Grant Hanley will be a frustrated observer when Scotland play Northern Ireland this evening.

With 17 caps for Scotland to date, the Rovers captain has missed out on another opportunity to represent his country as he steps up his recovery from a calf injury sustained last month.

Scotland play Northern Ireland in the Hampden Park friendly this evening, before facing a Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Sunday.

"It is gutting, it is a chance for another two caps that you won't get back at the end of your career," said the 23-year-old.

"So I am gutted to miss out, especially playing against Northern Ireland, that will be a good atmosphere, and then obviously there's the qualifier against Gibraltar."

Instead Hanley will be cheering on fellow Rover Jordan Rhodes after the striker was recalled to the Scotland squad, and the defender has backed him to mark his international return with a goal or two.

Hanley added: “Jordan is a good lad who works hard and who is proud to go away with Scotland so I’m over the moon he’s been called up again.

“Whenever Jordan plays he’s got a good chance of getting on the scoresheet, so if he’s playing I’d back him to score.”

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