Fletcher - We need to learn
Darren Fletcher hopes Scotland can learn from the scandals which blighted George Burley's reign.
Last Updated: 03/03/10 10:42am
Darren Fletcher hopes Scotland can learn from the 'Boozegate' and player quit scandals which blighted George Burley's reign.
Under Burley both Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor were banned from international football following a marathon booze session, while Rangers duo Kris Boyd and Lee McCulloch both turned their backs on their country after falling out with Scotland's ex-boss.
Fletcher believes that, should the national team learn from the episodes and move forward together, then they can emerge stronger at the other end.
The Manchester United ace has refused to condone their behaviour but called for fans to show forgiveness by giving them their full backing now the likes of Boyd and McCulloch are back in new coach Craig Levein's plans.
"We've got to learn from it," said Fletcher. "That's the important thing, to learn from the mistakes of the last campaign.
"Other players can learn from it as well, just by saying, 'Well, we probably should have dealt with it differently'.
"We can only learn from that. If you try to go forward another way, it's just going to be a hindrance.
"So let's get behind them and back them because we all want to achieve success for Scotland."