Birmingham City defender Paul Caddis drafted into Scotland squad

Caddis eager for Scotland Under-21 swan song
Paul Caddis has 13 caps for Scotland's Under-21 side.©SNS Group

Paul Caddis has been called in to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier with Serbia.

The Birmingham City defender flew out with the team from Glasgow Airport on Monday morning, providing cover for the injured Russell Martin.

Formerly of Celtic, the 24-year-old has been at St Andrews since the start of the season, having joined on loan from Swindon Town.

"We are really short on bodies and we had to decide who we can bring in, who I knew I could trust and I seen him play recently," Scotland boss Gordon Strachan said of the call-up.

"He has pace, ability to beat people and is a good defender, the only thing is, like myself, he is quite short.

"I'm sure if he was six foot he would be a real top, top player but he has dealt with that and put himself into a position where I pick him.

"There are a lot of people in the treatment room, which is fair play to them, they have come across and wanted to give it a shot."

Caddis, who won League Two with the Robins last season, has played 20 times for Championship side Birmingham this campaign.

Capped 13 times at Under-21 level by Scotland, the right back made 24 appearances for Celtic and also spent time on loan at Dundee United, playing on 11 occasions.

A move to Swindon followed in 2010, where he played 91 times, before moving on to Birmingham City.

Scotland squad to face Serbia

Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks, David Marshall, Allan McGregor.

Defenders: Christophe Berra, Paul Caddis, Gary Caldwell, Grant Hanley, Alan Hutton, Charlie Mulgrew, Andy Webster, Steven Whittaker.

Midfielders: Charlie Adam, Barry Bannan, Liam Bridcutt, Chris Burke, Graham Dorrans, Gary Mackay-Steven, James McArthur.

Forwards: George Boyd, Shaun Maloney, Kenny Miller, Steven Naismith, Jordan Rhodes

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