Miller close to quitting Scots
Scotland striker Kenny Miller has revealed he considered quitting international football after he was dropped.
Last Updated: 07/11/10 7:29pm
Scotland striker Kenny Miller has revealed he considered quitting international football after he was dropped to the bench against the Czech Republic last month.
Boss Craig Levein opted to go for a highly defensive 4-6-0 formation in the Euro 2012 qualifier, but his side ended up losing the game 1-0 in Prague.
Miller was made to wait for his 50th cap although he was brought on with just 14 minutes remaining.
The Rangers forward, 30, admits he was enraged by the decision to leave him out. Asked if he considered quitting the national team, he told the Daily Record: "Yes. Things go through your head when you get disappointing news.
"But walking away from it wouldn't have been the answer.
"I would have been cutting my nose off to spite my face. I got my 50th cap that night - even though I hoped for it to be in different circumstances.
"If I had made a rash decision and we then reached a major finals it would have been one of my biggest regrets.
"There's no way I was going to throw that away on a whim. We still have a chance of making the euros.
"Quitting Scotland for the sake of my club career will come into my thinking at some point but not at the moment.
"This may be my last chance to make a major finals so I'm not going to walk away now."
Scotland currently sit third in Group I with four points from four games and next take to the field for a friendly with the Faroe Islands later in the month.
Miller admits he was bemused by the Prague snub, especially with the way Levein dealt with the matter.
He added: "I expected to play. When you play for Scotland for as long as I have then it's disappointing.
"The manager didn't say much to me. Once a lot of things came out in the press I had a wee chat with him but he's paid to make decisions and that's the call he made that night.
"It was a poor result in a game we probably could have won.
"With my 50th cap and everything, it could have been a special occasion.
"But a big dampener was put on it. I'm not under any illusions that I have a God-given right to play in the Scotland team.
"However, given the fact I had got off to a good start with Rangers and scored in my last international game, I definitely felt I would be playing."