Hamilton manager Martin Canning believes Scott Brown’s retirement from international is an “opportunity” for Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty to take the Celtic ace’s spot in the national team – but thinks the 21-year-old has “big shoes to fill” if he does replace Brown.
Brown confirmed his decision to walk away from international football for the second time after speaking with newly-appointed Scotland boss Alex McLeish and Canning has boldly claimed that former Hamilton star Docherty is good enough to replace Brown in the national team.
The 21-year-old completed a move to boyhood heroes Rangers last month after spending almost a decade at Hamilton and blew Gers fans away with his performance against Hearts in Saturday’s 2-0 win as he made his first start at Ibrox.
Canning named Docherty and Hibs midfielder John McGinn as two players who will “rightly” see Brown’s decision to focus on club football as an opportunity to establish themselves on the international scene.
“It’s an opportunity for Greg again, I’m sure they’ll be people looking at Scott Brown’s retirement and thinking that’s an opportunity for them and rightly so,” Canning said, as quoted by STV.
“If you are Greg or John McGinn you wouldn’t be filled with the correct ambition if you weren’t looking at that and thinking I can make that slot my own.
“Good luck to Greg, who’s moved on from here, McGinn or whoever takes that spot because they’ve got big shoes to fill as Scott Brown was definitely a Scotland legend.”
Celtic skipper Brown has won 55 caps for his country after making his debut against the United States 13 years ago before originally retiring in August 2016 after concerns over his fitness.
The Celtic midfielder was unable to help the Tartan Army reach their first major finals since the 1998 World Cup in France and returned to the fray in a few months after announcing his retirement.
Docherty has yet to be involved with the senior national team but has represented Scotland at Under-21 level.
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