Scotland boss vows to protect Sunderland star

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SCOTLAND boss Craig Levein has pledged to protect vital first-team stars like Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley.

The Black Cats have already had a scare with goalkeeper Craig Gordon being forced to miss Scotland’s Nations Cup meeting with Northern Ireland tonight.

05/01/2011 - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa vs. Sunderland - Phillip Bardsley of Sunderland celebrates after scoring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

05/01/2011 - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa vs. Sunderland - Phillip Bardsley of Sunderland celebrates after scoring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

But full-back Bardsley is in the Scots’ starting line-up this evening and Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will be desperate that his lengthy injury list does not get longer.

In this video, striker Kenny Miller also talks about his pride at captaining his country tonight.