Davidson called up

SCOTLAND football manager Craig Levein has called Innerleithen midfielder Murray Davidson into his 24-man squad ahead of the friendly against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who began his playing days at Leithen Vale, won his first Scotland under-21 cap in August last year.

Commenting on his call-up, Davidson said: “It was a bit of a shock, but it is a massive boost for me.

“As a kid you fall in love with Brazil and the way they play football. It would be incredible to make my debut against them, but I’m not getting carried away. I’m taking it step by step and see where it leads.”

Levein said: “There are 24 players in this squad and it’s fairly obvious not all are going to play. Some of the younger ones are here for experience. I feel this is a game that has such excitement, that it would be great for some of the younger players to come along and experience the occasion.

The squad are preparing for the friendly with a five-day training camp in La Manga, Spain, where Davidson joined them yesterday, having been involved in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with his current team St Johnstone against Brechin on Tuesday night.

The Saints won the tie 1-0 with Davidson providing a vital chip into the box which resulted Gerry McLauchlan’s winning goal.