Mackail-Smith thrilled with Scots call-up

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Scotland manager Craig Levein has drafted Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith into his squad for the friendly against Brazil.

The forward was born in Watford but qualifies for the Scots through his Scottish grandmother.

Mackail-Smith - who has plundered 27 goals so far this season at London Road - will play for his club tonight before joining the Scotland squad in London.

Levein had earlier revealed he could draft in reinforcements after the withdrawal of Steven Naismith left him short of forward options.

Uncapped Mackail-Smith learned the news of his call-up today following confirmation of his eligibility through his Edinburgh-born grandmother Margaret.

He said: “I am absolutely over the moon and my gran will be the proudest gran in the world. She has followed my career since childhood and always hoped - like I did - that I would one day be able to play for Scotland.

“I knew the Scotland scout [Michael Oliver] had been watching me this past year and I am delighted it has come to fruition.

Bury have issued a statement insisting boss Alan Knill is “going nowhere” amid speculation linking him with the vacant managerial position at Scunthorpe.

The statement read: “The club are aware of increasing speculation regarding Alan Knill and a vacant managerial position at another club.The club wishes to state that currently we have nine games left of this season and are concentrating solely on securing promotion from League Two.

“We wish to categorically state that Alan Knill is going nowhere.”

Knill, who started his managerial career at Rotherham United, has guided the Shakers into the automatic promotion placings.