HUDDERSFIELD Town defender Murray Wallace played just 12 minutes from the bench yesterday as Billy Stark’s Scotland Under 21s picked up a credible draw with Greece as they completed their preparations for the 2015 European Championship qualifiers.
The Dark Blue youths fought back from a goal down in Korinthos to level through Celtic striker Tony Watt’s penalty.
The result will be used as a stepping stone, as the Scots now aim to bounce back from their failure to qualify for this year’s finals in Israel by reaching the next tournament, which will be staged in the Czech Republic in two years’ time.
The team have been drawn against Holland for the second qualifying campaign running and will also have to overcome Luxembourg, Slovakia and Georgia when their Group III bid begins next month.
Stark handed debuts to Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan and Hearts teenager Callum Tapping, with Stuart Armstrong of Dundee United taking on the captain’s armband, while 20-year-old centre-back Wallace was on the bench from the start.
Town caretaker boss Mark Lillis will be relieved Wallace appears unscathed from the trip, as he may have to partner Anthony Gerrard at the centre of defence against Cardiff City on Saturday.
Town still have doubts over skipper Peter Clarke (concussion) and Joel Lynch (hamstring) for the visit of the runaway Championship leaders to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Scotland missed early chances yesterday and were made to pay when they fell behind after 13 minutes to Nikos Karelis as the Greeks struck first in front of a 4,000-strong crowd.