Scotland call-up O'Connor to replace Kyle

Birmingham City striker Garry O'Connor was called up to the Scotland squad on Monday as a replacement for the injured Kevin Kyle for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and the Netherlands.

Kyle underwent knee surgery on Friday after tearing a cartilage during Kilmarnock's match against Morton last week.

Kyle had been recalled by Scotland coach George Burley following a five-year absence from the national team.

Scotland face both sides at Hampden Park, playing Macedonia on Saturday and the Netherlands four days later, and must win both to stand a realistic chance of finishing second in Group Nine and reaching the play-offs.

The Dutch have already qualified for next year's finals in South Africa.


Goalkeepers: Neil Alexander (Rangers), Craig Gordon (Sunderland), David Marshall (Cardiff City).

Defenders: Darren Barr (Falkirk), Stephen McManus (Celtic), Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Gary Caldwell (Celtic), Steven Caldwell (Burnley), Callum Davidson (Preston North End), Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie McAllister (Bristol City), Steven Whittaker (Rangers), David Weir (Rangers).

Midfielders: Graham Alexander (Burnley), Scott Brown (Celtic), Kris Commons (Derby County), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Paul Hartley (Bristol City), James McFadden (Birmingham City), Shaun Maloney (Celtic).

Forwards: David Clarkson (Bristol City), Steven Fletcher (Burnley), Garry O'Connor (Birmingham City), Kenny Miller (Rangers), Steven Naismith (Rangers).