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by Ross Quinn (U14407020) 27 September 2010
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11:06 Sunday
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With Lee McCulloch suspended maybe we have a chance of having players who actually want to play for the country. Weir can't play in these next games it'd be suicide even the misfiring Czechs will tear us apart. Fletcher also may get to play in his natural position rather than being expected to be everything to everyone.

Also in the first article it states Craig Gordon may be called back up too. *chorus strikes up* Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Will this finally put to rest the myth that Barry Ferguson actually ever cared for the country. I never wanted him to play and he never ever took the responsibility to be captain seriously and he always seemed to be injured when he was called on. I'm glad he only ever got 45 caps as it means he will never get into the Hall of Fame.

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posted Sep 28, 2010

"Hmmmph, I thought I'd he'd do well if he came back, but why did he say he was thinking about it if he had no intention of coming back?"

He said he'd think about it, he thought about it and came to a decision. Who says he had no intention of coming back when he supposedly said he would consider it? The stories yesterday seemed to allude to the earlier stories being misleading anyway.

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posted Sep 28, 2010

If you read the articles there is no direct quote from Barry saying he is seriously thinking about it. He said "it plays on your mind" which could mean anything really. And we have random quotes from his brother who clearly being a Scotland fan is trying to cajole Barry into coming back but again no quotes from Barry himself.

Although I don't blame Ferguson for wanting concentrate on what is becoming a real Indian summer of his career at Birmingham it would have been a nice touch to have played (at least for the two games) when we were in dire need of a solid midfielder. A couple of decent performances would have meant he could retire from international football with a bit of pride and respect from the fans instead of the cloud of shame associated with him at the moment.

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posted Sep 29, 2010

This situation probably suits both the Scotland team and Barry Ferguson. As a Celtic and Scotland fan I see echoes of the Bobo Balde debate when he was dropped by Strachan. After a year or so he took on legendary status and, unfortunately, a similar status has been given to Ferguson. There is no doubt he is a talented footballer, but I can't really remember any Scotland game when he was outstanding! He is in his early 30's with a young family. Why should he use any free time between league fixtures to travel over Europe when he could spend quality time with his family. Scotland have avoided a split between the fans also. Some want Ferguson back (forget about his misdemeanaours), whilst others want him burned at the stake for treason. I don't care either way, as long as Scotland keep winning. But it has to stop soon. Either you are willing to play for your country or not. If you decide not to play again, that's it, no second chances. No more players should be allowed to dictate their own personal terms to represent the country. Either you're 100% for the country or you'll never play again.

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posted Sep 29, 2010

Yes, this issue needs to be well and truly put to bed. In my view he should never have been given the opportunity to play for his country again after his shameful behaviour. And it does Craig Levein no credit to be seen as pleading for his return. Apart from anything else it makes him look a bit desperate (OK, he probably is!)

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comment by steve (U13678968)

posted Sep 30, 2010

Never seen him have a good game for Scotland. So won't be missed.

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posted Sep 30, 2010

Delighted Ferguson will not be playing for Scotland again. The boozegate affair should not be forgotten. The behaviour of both Ferguson and McGregor at that time was despicable and both should have been banned sine die. Inviting them both back sends out all the wrong messages to the younger players and makes every manager's job more difficult.
I don't deny that F and M are two of Scotland's best players but if they can't be trusted to behave they could have a disruptive influence on the other players.
Like so many other fans who are of like mind I will contine not going to Scotland games whilst McGregor continues to be picked for the team. This feeling amongst many fans is still very strong.

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posted Oct 1, 2010

good riddance ferguson, but do us all a favour and take chic with you.

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posted Oct 2, 2010

It's Ferguson's arrogance that sticks in my craw! Nearly as much as Chic's fumbling attempt to cover his Rangers' credentials...winkeye

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posted Oct 3, 2010

Timmy getting annoyed at boozegatelaugh

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