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Blackpool FC defender Stephen Crainey hands the player of the year trophy to Cameron Kane (9) from Lenzie YC at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. Wednesday, May 26 2010.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark
Blackpool FC defender Stephen Crainey hands the player of the year trophy to Cameron Kane (9) from Lenzie YC at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. Wednesday, May 26 2010.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark

SCOTLAND star Stephen Crainey says he’s ready to play his part in the bid to help Scotland qualify for Euro 2012.

Solid showings for the national team in the last few friendly games means the Kirkintilloch left-back looks a prime candidate to start in Scotland’s crucial qualifier against the Czech Republic at Hampden on Saturday. Craig Levein’s men then face Lithuania on Tuesday.

Crainey, a former pupil at St Ninian’s High, said: “You always want to play but I’m just pleased to be a part of the squad.”

Stephen (30) played the full 90 minutes of Scotland’s last match, a 2-1 win over Denmark. It was a 10th international cap for the Blackpool defender, who signed a two-year deal during the summer.

Crainey told Herald Sport: “It sets us up nicely for the qualifiers.”

BACK HOME (pictured): Stephen Crainey returned to East Dunbartonshire recently to present prizes to members of his old team – Lenzie Youth Club.