Weir still has Scotland future
David Weir still has a Scotland future despite being left out of the squad to face Croatia.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 17/03/08 5:09pm
David Weir has been told he still has an international future despite being left out of the Scotland squad to face Croatia.
The veteran defender was not selected by national team boss George Burley for the friendly international at Hampden Park on 26th March.
Only Rangers centre-back Weir and the injured Craig Beattie are absent from the squad which faced Italy in Scotland's final Euro 2008 qualifier back in November.
Burley insists he is looking to retain the togetherness which saw Scotland go so close to qualifying for the Euro 2008 for his first game in charge.
But he sees no benefit in selecting 37-year-old Weir for a friendly game at a crucial stage in his busy season.
Burley said: "I spoke to Davie last night and it is fairly clear the amount of games Davie has played this season and his age, he has done incredibly well.
"But to ask him to play another game (would be too much), and for Scotland's point of view we have got to look at other options as well.
"But I certainly haven't ruled him out for the World Cup qualifiers. He is still playing exceptionally well.
"At his age he is not going to play forever but he has done terrifically well for Rangers and Scotland of late.
"I think with a friendly game we can give him a little break and look at other players."
Hearts defender Christophe Berra and Hibernian forward Steven Fletcher have been called up while Sunderland defender Russell Anderson has earned a recall.
Berra, 23, who played under Burley as a youngster at Hearts, has been promoted from the Scotland B squad.
"I have seen Christophe a number of times in the last month - he is a young player developing," the former Ipswich boss said. "He is playing regularly for Hearts, he has been captain for the last two or three seasons, he has a lot of good attributes."
Fletcher has been taken from the Under 21 squad, who have a Uefa qualifier against Finland on the same day.