Mackie thanks boss Levein
Scotland's Jamie Mackie admitted he was delighted to repay Craig Levein's faith in him with a goal in the 2-1 win over Cyprus.
Last Updated: 11/11/11 10:04pm
Scotland striker Jamie Mackie admitted he was delighted to repay Craig Levein's faith in him with a goal in the 2-1 friendly win over Cyprus.
The QPR frontman is only a month into a comeback from a broken leg suffered in a FA Cup tie against Blackburn at the start of January.
The 26-year-old has played just five games for Rangers since returning to fitness, but that did not prevent Levein from handing him a starting place in Larnaca.
Mackie repaid his manager's faith in him by scoring a fine solo goal early in the second half that proved to be the winner, his second strike in four international appearances.
"I'm delighted to be back and I thank the manager for selecting me as soon as I'm fit," Mackie said.
"I haven't played 90 minutes yet. I'm getting my sharpness back for every game.
"I owe him a lot and I want to put in performances for him. That will go some way to thanking him.
"It was a good goal and I'm really pleased. I thought I could probably have scored a better one in the first half but it's nice to get on the scoresheet."