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James McFadden opens up on Robert Snodgrass omission from Scotland squad

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa's Robert Snodgrass has been one of the best player in the Championship this season but will play no part in Alex McLeish's first Scotland squad since his re-appointment.

Scotland manager Alex McLeish poses with his assistant coaches James McFadden, Peter Grant and Stevie Woods after he has made his Scotland Squad Announcement at Hampden Park on March 12,...

James McFadden has explained that Robert Snodgrass' omission from the Scotland squad is nothing personal but purely down to the fact that Alex McLeish wants to take the opportunity to look at some new faces.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound on 12th March 2018, the former Scotland forward, who was recently announced as part of McLeish's new coaching team, explained that the manager knows full well what Snodgrass can offer, and that certain players have been left out to allow the boss to see what some untested individuals are made of. 

Snodgrass has been simply excellent for Villa since his arrival in the Midlands on loan from West Ham.

The attacking midfielder has netted seven goals, but boasts an even more impressive record of 12 assists this season for the Villans, picking up seven man of the match awards along the way for his individual efforts.  

Robert Snodgrass of Aston VIlla celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on March 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

"[Alex McLeish] has left certain players out because he knows what they can do. It's not that they're left out because they won't be back in the squad," McFadden explained to the BBC.

"We've got 27 players in the squad and we know what Snoddy can do, so I don't think it's controversial, there is no hidden agenda or anything like that, it's just there are other players he wants to have a look at. He knows what [Snodgrass] can do."

The 30-year-old's tenacity in attack is exactly what has been missing from Scotland on too many occasions in recent seasons and when Euro 2020 qualifiers begin creeping up, the Villa star will surely be included in McLeish's squad should his current form continue.

Undoubtedly in the form of his life, Snodgrass may be one of a few experienced heads to help compliment the squad of Scottish youngsters as the nation attempts to go again and qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998. 

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