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The bench of frustration

Kris Boyd
Boyd has been left out in the cold under George Burley.

BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds spoke with Kris Boyd following the Rangers striker's decision to walk away from international football under George Burley.

Doddsy gave his views to BBC Scotland on Boyd's current form and shared his thoughts on why the player has chosen to walk away from the big stage.


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It was a hard decision for Kris, but it's all down to the way he's feeling.

His goal-ratio stands up against anybody, and Scotland were desperate for a goal against Norway, but he didn't get used - he just felt as if he was so far out of the picture.

He has nothing to prove - he loves playing for his country, but it's just a decision that was hard to make and he's decided to call time on his Scotland career.

One thing he can do is score goals, and the type of chances that were created yesterday were Kris Boyd chances.

Billy Dodds

We found ourselves at 0-0 against Norway, and even with 10 minutes to go Chris Iwelumo did well when he came on for James McFadden, and so did Steven Fletcher, but you reach a certain point in the game where you need to get your top goalscorer on.

And Kris is the next best goalscorer to McFadden.

One thing he can do is score goals, and the type of chances that were created yesterday were Kris Boyd chances.

You would think he would have taken one, if not both of them.


He feels down, but he'll battle back. He's a strong-minded character, but at this moment he feels that he doesn't want to be with the Scotland squad any more.

I can understand his frustration because he's not getting used.

If I was there and my goal-ratio was the same as his, I would feel the same - turning up for squads and doing everything right but not getting a look-in.

As much as you love your country and as much as you love representing them, you would have to have a think about it, so I can understand the way Kris is thinking.


George Burley is his own man and can pick the team whatever way he likes.

The results are not going for him, but Lee McCulloch's situation is not the same - he had just decided his time had passed and he ruled himself out.

It wasn't down to George Burley with Lee, whereas Kris' situation is.

But George is the Scotland manager and he can do what he wants, but we have to analyse it because results are not going his way at the moment.


I know for a fact that Kris has been working really hard on his game, although he might not give you what other players will give you in terms of movement.

But you have to go with the positives: he scores goals, and we needed goals against Norway.

He's a good person and he thinks about his game and he feels he just can't keep turning up for squads and not getting a look in.

His mobility maybe isn't so great, but he's working hard, trying to hold the ball up and link the team, but it's been disappointment after disappointment for him, and he's not happy with it.

Billy Dodds was speaking to BBC Scotland's David McDaid.

see also
Boyd quits Scotland under Burley
12 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Iwelumo vows to shake off howler
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Scotland 0-0 Norway
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Scotland looks on in disbelief
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
McCulloch quits Scotland set-up
08 Sep 08 |  Internationals

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