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Scotland tonic for Macca
Craig Mackail-Smith has received an international tonic as he continues his fight back to fitness for Albion.
The striker has not been forgotten by Scotland, despite a year on the sidelines.
It has been even longer since Mackail-Smith last played for his adopted country but former Albion boss Mark McGhee has revealed he is still in the thinking of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.
Scotland's friendly in Poland tonight comes exactly 12 months after Mackail-Smith ruptured an Achilles playing for Albion at Bristol City.
A subsequent ankle problem and more recently a groin tear mean the hard-working forward has made just two appearances in the development team since then.
Mackail-Smith won the last of his seven Scotland caps in a 5-1 defeat away to the USA in May 2012, when Craig Levein was in charge.
The Watford-born marksman, eligible through his grandmother, could be in contention for a return to the international stage later this year alongside Albion team-mate Gordon Greer when Scotland launch their qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships.
McGhee, Strachan's assistant, hinted as much when discussing the call-up of Celtic's former Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths for the Poland game.
Mackail-Smith is in the frame with Griffiths, Ross McCormack of Leeds, Sunderland's Steve Fletcher and Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes.
McGhee said: "There are a fairly limited number of players that we feel are going to be good enough to qualify us, Leigh Griffiths is one of them.
"We'd expect him to get a lot of goals between now and the end of the season and then it will be about the start to the (new) season.
"The group of strikers we'll have to choose from, maybe even Mackail-Smith will be fit by then, and you've got Ross McCormack, you've got Steven Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths, Jordan Rhodes, so you've got all this group who'll all be vying.
"It's not about who is playing well now and who is scoring hat-tricks for Celtic today, it's going to be about August, September, the start of the season and how they are looking then."
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