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David Weir set for Scotland milestone

Scotland have real quality - Weir

LITHUANIA v SCOTLAND - European Championship Qualifier
Venue: Darius Girenas Stadium, Kaunas Date: Friday, 3 September Kick-off: 1915 BST Coverage: BBC ONE Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sport website


David Weir will become Scotland's oldest ever player if he features in the Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

But the 40-year-old defender insists the only statistic he is interested in is how many points the team can earn.

"Maybe one day when I sit down, I'll get a bit of satisfaction from it," said the Rangers captain.

But, at moment, I don't think of myself as a 40-year-old, I just think of myself as one of the other players.

Weir is back in the international fold after being left out of manager Craig Levein's first two squads and is set to win his 66th cap in Kaunas on Friday.

And he shrugged off the questions about his age, saying: "To be honest, it doesn't change anything.

"I enjoy playing in the games and being involved in the games.

"The game on Friday is what all our attention is on and I'm just trying to focus on that rather than worrying about how old I am.

"I'm just glad to be back. I'm looking forward to the game, it's a big game, it's a qualifier for the Euro Championships, and it's nice to be involved."

Weir's last outing was the 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Holland at Hampden last September.

And asked if he thought that match had signalled the end of his international career, he replied: "You never know. There's no point looking that far ahead.

"Football is funny, it can change quickly.

"There have been a few times in the past that I though it would be my last cap. But, like I say, football is funny."

The former Hearts and Everton defender is playing for Rangers every week and refused to rule out his involvement if Scotland qualify for Euro 2012.

David Weir in training with his Scotland team-mates
Weir is enjoying his return to the Scotland squad

He said: "Who knows? I don't look that far ahead.

"I wouldn't say I'm not going to play and I wouldn't say I definitely am going to play.

"I've never been one to look too far ahead or worry about a couple of weeks down the line, far less a couple of years down the line.

"Friday is a big, big game and you can't be losing sight of what's important."

Scotland's defence came in for criticism following the 3-0 friendly defeat to Sweden earlier this month, prompting Levein to recall Weir, while holding midfielders Paul Hartley and Lee McCulloch are other older heads brought back to the squad.

"Whenever you lose a game, you've got to question yourself," said Weir of the loss in Stockholm.

"That's part and parcel of being a football player, I don't think you should be happy if you lose a game.

"But you learn from it and you come out stronger and you come out better. That's what football is all about.

"You don't go through campaigns or careers without losing football games or without being involved in bad games.

"It's just how you react to it and what you learn from it and I'm sure that's what the team has done."



see also
Arteta pick not possible - Levein
30 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Lithuania 0-0 Scotland
03 Sep 10 |  Scotland
McCulloch relief at Scots return
30 Aug 10 |  Rangers
Veteran Weir is best man - Levein
25 Aug 10 |  Football
Weir and Hartley back for Scots
24 Aug 10 |  Football
BBC to screen Scotland away ties
16 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Scots Under-21 call for Forrest
24 Aug 10 |  Football
Sweden 3-0 Scotland
11 Aug 10 |  Football
Caldwell targets return for Spain
21 Jul 10 |  Football
Scotland face Spain in Euro group
07 Feb 10 |  Football
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