Levein warns Gers trio
Craig Levein has warned Kris Boyd, Allan McGregor and Lee McCulloch to expect a hostile reception if they return for Scotland.
Last Updated: 21/02/10 11:52am
Scotland boss Craig Levein has warned Kris Boyd, Allan McGregor and Lee McCulloch to expect a hostile reception from members of the Tartan Army if they return to the international fold next week.
Levein names his first squad since taking charge on Monday ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic next month.
Rangers trio Boyd, McGregor and McCulloch all look set to return to the fold, having indicated they want to be part of Levein's revolution following the dismissal of George Burley.
Striker Boyd and midfielder McCulloch both controversially withdrew themselves from the international stage under Burley, while goalkeeper McGregor recently saw his lifetime ban for his part in the 'Boozegate' saga overturned.
Levein knows some of the Scotland fans will be less forgiving towards the trio after deciding to quit playing for their country under Burley.
"Everybody who has been out in the past - for whatever reason - shouldn't let that hamper Scotland's chances," Levein told the News of the World.
"Now if those lads have indicated they do want to come back then they've got to have broad shoulders. They're not stupid. They know there will be an element of our support who don't think they should be there.
"That will apply whether they start or whether they're standing on the touchline waiting to come on, whether they miss a chance, or McGregor doesn't make a save.
"But my job is to pick the team that has the best chance of getting us to the finals.
"We need to build some momentum and get everybody onside, so it's my decision to say to these guys, 'Let's everybody come back and try to work together and qualify for the Euros'.
"It's 1998 since we last did it and I think it would be foolish to allow something that's happened in the past to divide the camp or divide the relationship between the players and the supporters."
Meanwhile, Wigan defender Gary Caldwell has called for an end to players picking and choosing when they play for Scotland.
As well as Boyd and McCulloch not wanting to play under Burley, there were a raft of call-offs for friendly matches during the former manager's reign.
"Players have to take a look at themselves," Caldwell told the Mail on Sunday
"If you're going to play for your country then, whenever you are asked, you cannot pick and choose what games you want to play.
"That's down to the players - that's nothing to do with the manager or anyone else. It's individuals.
"Personally, if I'm picked then I'm turning up - and I think we need that from everyone."