Date: 4th June 2007 at 4:20pm
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Jamie Langfield will be Aberdeen`s sole representative in the Scotland squad for the Faroe Island match on Wednesday night and whilst there is more chance of Alex McLeish getting a game than our ‘keeper, Jamie can be proud of his inclusion.

With Russell Anderson not fit to play and Scott Severin overlooked for players with more attacking flair, Aberdeen were surprisingly not going to have any players called up until Iain Turner, the ex Stirling Albion and now Everton ‘keeper, pulled out.

Severin will be disappointed at his omission and McLeish may live to regret not including a player with such a ferocious and accurate shot which could have been useful if the Faroe`s decide to keep their players behind the ball and Scotland are struggling to break them down.

But it should not only be the Aberdeen Vice-captain who should be upset at missing this qualifier as one look below at the squad McLeish has chosen should convince others that they too could be part of the national set up.

Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Graham Alexander (Preston North End) , Gary Caldwell (Celtic) , Christian Dailly (West Ham United) Alan Hutton (Rangers) , Jay McEveley (Derby County) , Stephen McManus (Celtic), Gary Naysmith (Everton), David Weir (Rangers), Charlie Adam (Rangers), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) Paul Hartley (Celtic), Lee McCulloch (Wigan Athletic), Gary Teale (Derby County), Kris Boyd (Rangers), Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa), Steven Naismith (Kilmarnock), Garry O’Connor (Lokomotiv Moscow).

Barry Nicholson was playing his best football since joining the Dons in the vital matches towards the end of the season where as Paul Hartley has done basically nothing since signing for Celtic in January.

Michael Hart would beat Graham Alexander for pace wearing diver boots and he`s been a major factor in the Dons having one of the best defences in the league, even with Jamie Langfield behind him.

Jamie Smith was getting his form back and gave Rangers a torrid time on the last day of the season and is certainly much more capable of unlocking a stationary defence than McCulloch or Teale and it`s about time Chris Clark started challenging these guys for the right side slot too.

So whilst the Scotland first team is fairly obvious to select, there is plenty of opportunity for others to get themselves called up for the squad and Jimmy Calderwood regularly calls for caps for his boys but with McLeish having chosen only three players who don`t either play for Rangers or Celtic or in the English Leagues, chances will be very limited.

The only way these guys will leapfrog the pecking order is by either playing their football next season to a consistently unbelievable standard that so obviously outclasses everyone else that they give Big Eck no choice but to select them and even then Russell Anderson has been doing that for seasons now and is still behind Gary Caldwell.

Sadly, a move to the Old Firm or the Premiership or even the Championship is likely to be the only way that anyone in the current Aberdeen team will ever become a national regular and that`s despite having a team who often play with eleven Scottish born boys in the side who achieved third in the SPL.

The appointment of Dons legend McLeish as national manager was apparently going to see many of our lads considered for national service but it appears that even he, with all that he achieved at the club, believes Aberdeen are second rate.

The message is clear, if you want to represent your country, play in England or sit on the bench in Glasgow.