Scotland boss wants Charlie in Premier League

Charlie Adam and Owen Oyston at the players' awards evening

Charlie Adam and Owen Oyston at the players' awards evening

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CHARLIE Adam has announced he wants to play in the Premier League next season – and he’s being backed by his Scotland boss Craig Levein.

Levein says he fully expects Adam to be plying his trade in the top flight come August.

Adam and Blackpool team-mate Stephen Crainey helped Scotland beat Wales 3-1 in the Carling Nations Cup this week, just a few days after they suffered the heartbreak of relegation.

Adam was linked with a string of clubs in January, including Liverpool and Tottenham, and Levein has predicted further interest in the coming weeks.

And, if he does remain in the English top flight, that is good news as far as the Scotland manager is concerned.

“I would love all of our players to be playing at the top level,” Levein said.

“Charlie attracted a lot of interest in January and I would expect that to be resurrected in the summer. My view is that he will be playing in the Premier League next season.”

In what is a nod to Ian Holloway’s management skills, Levein admits his national team owes a debt of gratitude to Blackpool for their part in the development of some of his international players.

“Blackpool have been wonderful for both Charlie and Crainey over the course of this season,” he added.

“Of course, there has been major disappointment that the club has been relegated, but Ian Holloway and Blackpool have been great for both Stephen and Charlie, and Matt Gilks for that matter. I think we have a lot to thank Blackpool for.”

While Adam is in the Scotland squad to face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, Crainey will not be involved. He has travelled back to the Fylde and will undergo surgery on a minor problem.

Levein added: “Stephen, to his credit, travelled over to Dublin and played against Wales. But he went back following the game to have an operation on Friday).

“I’m grateful he made the effort to come over because it would have been easy for him to say he had an operation at the end of the week. He was determined to come across.”