HUDDERSFIELD Town's Paul Dixon has his sights set on a third Scotland cap after being added to the squad for tomorrow’s friendly in Luxembourg.
Town’s left-back is among seven players drafted in by interim manager Billy Stark after nine members of the original pool withdrew through injury.
Dixon, a summer signing from Dundee United, won his first two caps in the World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia earlier this season.
The 25-year-old, who has made 17 club appearances this term, joins former Town teammate Jordan Rhodes, now of Blackburn, in Stark’s party.
Town also have midfielder Oliver Norwood (inset) on duty with Northern Ireland, who host Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier tomorrow.
Stark, Scotland’s Under 21 boss, has stepped up to lead the senior side after the departure of Craig Levein, who managed Dixon at Dundee United.
He has lost James Morrison (groin), Phil Bardsley (hamstring), Steven Fletcher (ankle), Shaun Maloney (abdominal), Charlie Adam (groin), Matt Phillips (toe), Barry Bannan (knee), keeper David Marshall (groin) and Jamie Mackie (ankle) from the squad he originally picked.
Also elevated alongside Dixon are Kilmarnock’s Liam Kelly and Hibs’ Leigh Griffiths, both of whom faced Town in pre-season friendlies this year, Inverness’s Andrew Shinnie, Hearts’ Darren Barr. St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson and St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.
“Obviously at this stage of the season, with players playing weekend and midweek, niggles and strains and withdrawals are to be expected,” said Stark.
“This match gives us an opportunity to look at players who maybe have not had experience of the international set-up but who have been in tremendous form at their clubs.
“Leigh has been excellent for Hibernian and scored again on Saturday. I know him from the Under 21s and he is a talented player.
“Liam has been terrific for Kilmarnock and it is fitting that he gets an opportunity, while Andrew has been a real inspiration behind Inverness’s success so far this season.”
“I wanted to keep the Under 21 squad as settled as possible because they have a tough game against Portugal (in Setubal tomorrow).
“I know what the more experienced players who have not made the squad are capable of at this level so there is an element of experimentation to the additions.”
Town academy defender William Boyle is among 28 players who will join up with Scotland Under 18s for a training camp run by Ricky Sbragia in Falkirk from November 21-23.
Former Town star Dean Gorre, now in charge of Scotland’s Under 17 side, will be among former Sunderland manager Sbragia’s coaching team.
It’s first-year academy player Boyle’s second training camp.