PAUL DIXON will have to make do with a place on the stand-by list for Scotland’s next two World Cup qualifiers in Wales and Belgium.
But Huddersfield Town teammate Murray Wallace is back in the Under 21 squad for games against the USA and Canada.
The former Falkirk centre-back, 19, made his Under 21 debut in the 1-0 defeat by Belgium at Dunfermline in August.
Left-back Dixon, a close-season signing from Dundee United, received a late call-up and made an impressive Scotland debut in last month’s 0-0 draw with Serbia.
He was back at Hampden three days later as Craig Levein’s side were held 1-1 by Macedonia, giving them an uphill task to make the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Levein, who managed 25-year-old Dixon at Dundee United, has this time plumped for Southampton’s Daniel Fox and Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew as his left-back options. Both were ruled out the opening qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia through injuries, leading to Dixon’s call-up.
The major feature of Levein’s latest selection is the return to the squad of Steven Fletcher, who has netted five times in his last four games for Sunderland.
The ex-Wolves man has not featured since informing the Scottish Football Association by text that he did not wish to be selected for a game against Northern Ireland in February 2011.
What followed was a stand-off between player and manager until Fletcher last month indicated on twitter that he was keen to return to the national fold.