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Barry Ferguson unsure on Scotland comeback

Barry Ferguson celebrates his goal against Italy at Hampden
Former skipper Ferguson has played 45 times for Scotland

Barry Ferguson remains undecided on whether to make a comeback for Scotland under new manager Craig Levein.

The 32-year-old has spoken to Levein but plans to discuss the matter further with Birmingham boss Alex McLeish.

"I am fully committed to Birmingham," said the midfielder. "I will give them a full season. They took a chance on me when people were knocking me down.

"I have all that to take into account and it will be a long time before I decide what I do."

Ferguson was banned from playing for his country after much-publicised off-field incidents when on Scotland duty last year.

However, a change of manager has brought about the chance of a return to international football for the former Rangers and Scotland captain.

Levein has indicated that he wants Ferguson, capped 45 times, back in the fold for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

But Ferguson, who is enjoying an excellent season in the English top flight, remains guarded about his future.


"Myself and Craig Levein have agreed with each other to keep what has been said private," he added. "I've still got a lot of thinking to do and I am nowhere near a decision.

"I need to sit down and go through a lot of things.

"If it means I go away and come back, and I'm not going to play here (Birmingham), there is no chance of me going back. There is still loads to discuss.

"But the meetings were good and he (Levein) is a guy I respect and he has given me time to go away and think about it.

"There are loads of things I have to take into consideration and I have to be honest with the gaffer (McLeish) as well.

"He has given me a platform to come down here and play. I've not had a long chat with him yet. I need to sit down and see what his thoughts are."

Ferguson return key for Scots - Miller

McLeish has already expressed his concerns about Ferguson's ability to juggle commitments for club and country.

Scotland face a daunting task in Euro 2012 qualifying, having been drawn in the same section as Spain and Czech Republic.

And Ferguson's former Rangers team-mate Kenny Miller believes the team would be given a boost if the midfielder returned.

"We want our best players playing for the national team and there is no doubt Barry Ferguson is one of them," said the striker.

"He is not just a squad player, he's a big, big player for the team. We will be absolutely delighted if he chooses to come back and play with us again."

Meanwhile, Miller admits second spot in Group I is the most realistic target for the Scots.

But he believes topping the group and securing automatic qualification for the event in Poland and Ukraine is not impossible.

"I don't think we write it off," he said.

"You have to be realistic in the fact that you would probably say beforehand that second place was going to be your best opportunity to qualify.

"But you have seen in the past, when you go and beat teams like France home and away, it's definitely do-able.

"You've got to ride your luck on the night of the games and do the right things as well.

"You never know, on any given night, you can get the breaks and get the results."

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