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BROWN SET FOR 50 CAPS, TIERNEY TIPPED FOR FIRST

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CELTIC skipper Scott Brown is poised to become a half-century Bhoy this month.
The all-action midfielder is likely to pick up his 50th Scottish international cap when Gordon Strachan names his squads for the forthcoming friendlies against the Czech Republic in Prague on March 24 and Denmark at Hampden Park five days later.
The former Hoops gaffer will announce two separate pools of players on March 10 and he has revealed he is ready to bring in a number of debutants to the national set-up.0QxQd-WqFy1G1HAOs70PkffzJx2e1-wv5uLwbJGYY60
Keiran Tierney, who has taken over the left-back slot at the champions, is almost certain to make the step up from the Under-19 squad.
Strachan admitted: “There have been some young players who have caught the eye this season and who have certainly put themselves in contention.
“I will speak to the performance director, Brian McClair, before we confirm anything because I’m aware Ricky Sbragia and Scot Gemmill have important under-21 qualifiers and an under-19 elite round at the same time.
“There may be one or two surprises, but that depends on how players perform within the next week to 10 days, when we will finalise the squads.
“I want everybody who is involved in these matches to get some game time, so for that reason we will select a smaller squad than normal.
“The important thing is to get the right balance for each squad, but at this vital stage of the season at club level, it is also key to do what is right for each player and their individual circumstances.”
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