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Boyd defiant in Scotland boss row

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I didn't rush into Scotland decision - Boyd

Kris Boyd says Scotland boss George Burley was wrong to suggest he lacked the passion to play for his country.

Boyd has quit Scotland under Burley after playing only 28 minutes of international football since the manager was appointed in January.

Burley responded by saying he wanted players who were "totally committed."

"I've shown before that I've got the passion needed to play for my country so I think that comment was a bit below the belt," Boyd told Rangers World.

I said I would be available for selection if the next manager, whoever that may be, wants to pick me

Kris Boyd
"It was a decision I took months ago but I kept going and said I would give myself another chance. But it came to a head and I couldn't take any more.

"I was going to do it after the Northern Ireland game (in August) where I didn't play and I didn't think I was going to play in the future. I spoke to a few people and didn't do it. The situation was the same after the Macedonia and Iceland games.

"I spoke to a few people after the match on Saturday and I felt it couldn't go on any longer. I saw myself as fifth or sixth-choice striker.

"I'm not saying I should have been on the park or I should have done this, but with my track record I should at least have been given the chance to get my country out of the hole they were in.

"I'm not going to get into a war of words with anybody. I said what I felt like saying at the time and so has George."

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The former Kilmarnock striker, who has scored seven goals in 15 appearances for Scotland, is still hopeful of playing for his country in the future.

"I wanted to go back to my club, I wanted to go and fight to establish myself there and I'll do that," he added.

"For me, the best thing is just to get my head down, work hard and get myself in the Rangers team regularly and I can go forward from there.

"When I spoke to the SFA, I said I would be available for selection if the next manager, whoever that may be, wants to pick me.

"That's all I can say on the matter. If he picks me, he picks me. If he doesn't, he doesn't."


see also
Broadfoot defends Boyd decision
15 Oct 08 |  Rangers
Jordan surprised by Boyd decision
14 Oct 08 |  Portsmouth
Burley hits back at striker Boyd
13 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Iwelumo regrets Boyd withdrawal
13 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Boyd quits Scotland under Burley
12 Oct 08 |  Internationals


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