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Scotland are limited says Souness


Even Wenger couldn't improve Scots - Souness

Former Scotland captain Graeme Souness insists replacing George Burley as manager of the national team would make little difference to their fortunes.

Scotland lost 3-0 in a friendly against Wales on Saturday and the Scottish FA will discuss Burley's future this week.

But Souness said: "I don't think if you had Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson managing the Scottish team right now the results would be much different.

"I think the Scottish players right now are a limited bunch."

The former Liverpool, Sampdoria and Rangers midfielder defended Burley, whose Scotland team have won just three times in his 14 games in charge.

He believed the current crop of players from which Burley could choose from were not of a good enough quality.

I've had four years out of it and I have no desire to go back in to it. It's not for me

Graeme Souness

"In international football you can't go out and buy players, you can't drastically change your squad," he said.

"You are working with what the country has thrown up at that particular time.

"Whoever is the manager will find it difficult to get the results that will make the nation happy."

And Souness, holder of more than 50 Scotland caps, added: "I don't know if he has done a good job, an indifferent job or a great job.

"The results are not good enough and, looking at the group of players he is working with, I'm not sure whoever you got in would have changed that very much."

Souness, who was interviewed for the post when Burley was the successful candidate in January 2008, is not interested in taking over Burley's role should he be sacked or resign.

"My life has gone in a different direction. I had 20 years as a player and 20 as a manager.


"I have had the most wonderful career in both those aspects.

"I've had four years out of it and I have no desire to go back in to it. It's not for me."

Souness, who managed clubs in Scotland, England, Turkey, Italy and Portugal, was in Glasgow on Sunday to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Steve Archibald was also among the inductees and the former Aberdeen, Tottenham and Barcelona forward had a similarly gloomy outlook for the national side.

"George Burley is a very good professional, he works hard at his game," said Archibald, who played for Scotland at World Cup finals in 1982 and 86.

"Who would you put in there tomorrow that's going to turn it round?

"People look for someone to blame in situations like these but that's pretty much pointless.

"We need to examine the problem and fix it.

"However, I don't think there is a short-term solution. We need to take a longer view and concentrate on youth."

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