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Boyd eager to return to action with Scotland

Rangers striker Kris Boyd has told new Scotland boss Craig Levein he wants to return to the national fold.

Boyd walked out on the George Burley regime in October 2008 after being left on the bench for a World Cup qualifier against Norway.

But the 26-year-old said: "If I get picked I'll be there. It was always my hope to play for Scotland again so hopefully now it will happen.''

Former Dundee United boss Levein last week admitted he would not rule out any players and Boyd added in the Scottish Sun: "What's happened in the past is gone now.

"I want to move on and I really look forward to pulling on that dark blue jersey again. I want to be part of the Scotland squad for the qualifying campaign for the next European championships.

"I'm not saying that I should start every game for Scotland, far from it. I don't expect that. I know there will be times when I'm on the bench and times when I don't get on.

"I just feel now, if I'm playing well, I will be in with a chance of getting a game. For me that's the difference.''

Boyd's sentiments were echoed by Ibrox team-mate Allan McGregor, who had been hit with a lifetime ban from representing his country in the wake of the "Boozegate" affair.

The goalkeeper told the Daily Record: "If Craig Levein wants me to play a part in his plans then he won't have to ask me twice. The answer is yes please!''

McGregor was punished along with former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson after the pair were caught flicking V-signs at photographers during April's World Cup qualifier against Iceland.

That came days after they embarked on an early-hours drinking session following a defeat in Holland. McGregor added: "Nine months ago, I was absolutely devastated when I was told my Scotland career was over.

"Yes, I made some stupid mistakes and I apologise for them. But to be told I wouldn't play for my country again hit me harder than anyone can imagine.

"Obviously, things have changed now that the new manager is in charge and if he wants me - even just as a back-up to other keepers in the squad - he can count me in.

"I don't care if he wants to play me or not - I'm just desperate for the chance to get back in and maybe wear that jersey again one day.''


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