CRAIG Brown is hoping the man who has terrified Premiership defences so far this season can do the same on the world stage - starting tomorrow in Vienna. For various reasons, Duncan Ferguson has rarely been available to the Scotland manager, so Brown is hugely relieved that the Everton target man is ready to make his first international appearance for 20 months against Austria in the Scots' opening World Cup qualifier. 'Duncan has never been this fit and this ready for us,' Brown said. Injury kept the Everton striker out of the Scotland squad which scored only one goal at Euro 96. However Brown remains calm in the midst of the hysteria which has greeted the return of the front man who last appeared for Scotland against Greece in Athens 20 months ago. 'He won't walk into the team,' insisted the boss. 'I have other recognised strikers in [Ally] McCoist, [Gordon] Durie, [John] Spencer and [Scott] Booth. 'It is up to us to get the best out of him, and up to him to take his chance. 'At his age he could be around indefinitely,' the Scotland boss added. Scotland have one injury worry. Colin Hendry, the Blackburn defender, is awaiting the result of a scan on a groin problem that has been bothering him all season. Brown, though, is praying history does not repeat itself when Scotland open their World Cup campaign, as he recalled his worst moment in international football. Under Andy Roxburgh, the Scots arrived in Berne back in September 1992 on the back of a gallant failure at the European Championship finals in Sweden. But they failed to get out of the blocks when the World Cup started - losing 3-1 to the Swiss - and were left playing catch up for the rest of the ties. Brown, Roxburgh's right hand man at the time, admitted: 'I still blame myself for that result. 'We were drawing 1-1 and should have settled for that but I said to Andy Roxburgh that we could win the game. So we pushed on but then Richard Gough was sent off and the game turned on its head.' Brown has also invoked FIFA's five day ruling to ensure Monaco midfield ace John Collins is available for the tie. Meanwhile, Barry Hunter, Reading's GBP400,000 summer signing from Wrexham, has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in Belfast, after breaking down with a knee injury during a training session in his home town of Coleraine on Monday night. The 27-year-old defender will see a specialist to assess the extent of the injury.