Ready For My Close Up Mr Levein
Updated Sunday, 14th February 2010
With a new manager in charge of the Scotland side, a new attitude appears to have come over some players.
|Lee McCulloch is willing to make himself available for Scotland again. He asked not to be considered for selection when George Burley was in charge but wants new Scotland manager Craig Levein to know that he is ready to end his self-imposed international exile. The Rangers midfielder asked to be allowed to concentrate on his club career in September 2008. However, he says he is ready to pull on the dark blue jersey again and would love to make his return in next month's friendly against the Czech Republic at Hampden.
McCulloch said: "If Craig Levein wants to select me for next month's squad against Czech Republic I'd be delighted. I think I have something to offer, although not for a minute am I suggesting I should be starting games. But if Craig thinks I'd be a good addition to his squad then that's good enough for me. I'd just like to make myself available for selection again. Let me clear one or two things up. I never retired from Scotland - I just asked not be considered. There is a difference. George Burley took over from Alex McLeish and I never felt part of his plans. I got the impression he wasn't interested in me, didn't fancy me as a player. But I'm not 100% sure about that because he never spoke to me. At that time I wasn't playing well for Rangers and I wasn't happy within myself. I was frustrated and things at club level were getting on top of me. I felt it was best to pull out of the Scotland set-up because my career at Rangers was in danger of going downhill rapidly. It was a time to concentrate on myself and be totally selfish. I owed that much to myself and to Rangers."
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