Call up for Clarkson
Updated Monday, 26th May 2008
David Clarkson has been called into the Scotland squad for Friday's friendly game in Prague. He joins fellow Motherwell striker Ross McCormack in George Burley's second match in charge of the national team.
Clarkson's elevation is a fitting reward for his superb club form. His contribution to our third place finish in the table was much more than the thirteen goals he scored. He adjusted well to Mark McGhee's 4-3-3style and was able to adapt to the occasional midfield role which came as part of the master plan.
His pace in attack pulled defenders out of position and made space for others. He shook off the lack of confidence which seemed to hold him back in the previous season and he relished the chance of scoring. Despite the tragedy of losing his Uncle Phil halfway through the season he did not buckle and, if anything, redoubled his effort for the team. It was no surprise that he was declared to be our player of the Year.
Burley said at his Monday press conference at the team hotel that he expected that a few would make their national debuts. We could even see a Motherwell pair leading the Scottish line as Ross McCormack was listed in the initial pool.
All Motherwell fans will be delighted at the news and wish him well if selected. The game will be shown live on BBC Two Scotland from 4.30pm.