Date: 3rd February 2007 at 12:25pm
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With his middle names being Robert Bruce, perhaps it was destiny that Jamie Langfield would be called to represent his country but Langfield’s call to the Turnberry squad meet is still a very pleasant surprise.

Echoing his manager Jimmy Calderwoods’ sentiments, Jamie Langfield has been promoted to the Scotland senior squad as a replacement for the injured Allan McGregor and will also join the B squad for the Finland match on Wednesday where he is hoping to play some part.

Calderwood has been singing his ‘keepers praises despite threatening to drop him recently after he had cost Aberdeen several goals and he believes he deserves his Scotland chance. Calderwood said of his call-up ‘I’ve already said I believe Jamie is the best Scottish goalie outwith Craig Gordon at Hearts.

‘He has let in less than a goal a game since becoming the first choice at Aberdeen. That underlines just how consistent he has been. He has earned the chance to be involved in Scotland.’

28 year old Jamie has been previously the Scotland Under 21 goalie and despite having played for less illustrious clubs such as Dundee, Raith Rovers, Partick Thistle and Dunfermline, he has played more games for Aberdeen than any other club.

Langfield is delighted to be joining up with fellow Dons Russell Anderson and Scott Severin in the main squad and Chris Clark and Darren Mackie in the B squad as he takes advantage of the Rangers player’s unfortunate forced withdrawal.

Jamie said ‘It has come completely out of the blue for me, but it’s a nice surprise to get on a Friday. I’m sorry for Allan, but I am looking forward to meeting up with the international players and, hopefully, playing some part in the B game next week.’

‘The manager has said some nice things about me this season and has encouraged me to keep striving to better myself.

‘The team has enjoyed a good season in the league so far and I think it shows with the number of players from the club who will be joining up with the national squad this weekend.’

Andrew Considine, who signed a new two-year contract with the Dons on Thursday, is in line to make his under-21 debut against Germany on Tuesday at Clyde’s Broadwood Stadium.

Youth-team forward Michael Paton was also called up yesterday for the under-19 squad and he will fly out to Spain with Dons team-mates Chris Maguire and Andrew Bagshaw.