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Apr 29, 2009

Striker Boyd slams door on Scotland return

Kris Boyd today slammed the door on a Scotland return under George Burley after the manager once again extended an olive branch to the Rangers striker.

Boyd made a dramatic exit from the international stage in October after becoming frustrated with a lack of opportunities under Burley.

The Ibrox hitman, 25, vowed never to return while the former Ipswich and Hearts boss remained in charge.

Burley has extended numerous invitations for Boyd to change his mind since, the latest of which came today when he announced his squad for next Wednesday's B international against Northern Ireland.

But when informed this afternoon of Burley's comments, Boyd was unmoved.

"I made my decision at the time, I've come back to club level and I'm happy,'' he said. "I'm enjoying my football again and I'll continue doing that.''

He added: "I'm not wanting to speak about it. The most important thing for me is to concentrate on Rangers at this precise moment in time, and whatever happens in time with Scotland happens.''

Boyd has maintained his remarkable goalscoring record at club level this season, netting 29 times in all competitions.

He is in particularly fine form at the moment, scoring five goals in his last five games, including his 100th for Rangers in Saturday's Homecoming Scottish Cup semi-final win against St Mirren.

He would doubtless walk straight back into Burley's plans were he to change his stance but he insisted he had no regrets.

He did admit he had a point to prove after making such a momentous decision.

"I had to prove to myself that I was good enough to play at club level again and I've done that,'' he said.

"I've got myself back in the team and starting most weeks.

"Hopefully that can continue until the end of the season.''

Burley was earlier asked what he would do were Boyd to apologise and make himself available again.

He said: "Kris made a decision and it's up to him to change.

"They key thing for me, for Scotland, is that everybody is desperate to play for their country and focused. Because, if we don't have that, we don't have anything.

"The team is the most important thing. We need players that are very focused and pushing ahead. That's the only thing we are concentrating on.

"If Kris wants to play for Scotland then great, he needs to speak to me about that.

"But we need players who are totally committed. I think everybody in Scotland realises that.''

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