Scots lose second Seasider

Matt Gilks punches clear in the 5-0 win over Bristol City.
Matt Gilks punches clear in the 5-0 win over Bristol City.
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BLACKPOOL goalkeeper Matt Gilks has joined team-mate Stephen Crainey in missing out on Scotland international action over the coming days.

Gilks has pulled out of the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lichtenstein and Spain after a recurrence of an ankle injury.

Crainey withdrew from Craig Levein’s squad on Monday, also with an ankle injury. Levein has called up Kilmarnock’s Cammy Bell to replace the Pool keeper.

Blackpool will monitor both players but Ian Holloway’s side don’t play again until the visit to West Ham on Saturday week.

One Seasiders defender expected to be on international duty this week is Northern Ireland’s Craig Cathcart ... and he could have big boots to fill.

Cathcart may well fill the void left by Fulham’s Aaron Hughes in the centre of defence for Friday’s clash with Estonia at Windsor Park.

Hughes has been denied a Northern Ireland swansong after a groin injury forced the retiring captain out of the final two qualifiers – the last one is against Italy. Cathcart could partner West Brom’s Gareth McAuley at centre-half.