Peat admits McCulloch regret
George Peat has admitted that Lee McCulloch's retirement from international football could have been handled better.
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 12/09/08 6:06pm
Scottish Football Association president George Peat has admitted that Lee McCulloch's retirement from international football could have been handled better.
McCulloch informed SFA official Richard Sampson of his decision to step down from duty with Scotland more than a week ago.
But the Rangers midfielder did not want the news to go public until after the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Iceland.
The SFA also made the decision not to tell manager George Burley to avoid causing distraction, however, the announcement was leaked at the beginning of this week.
"In hindsight Richard should have told George at the time," Peat told the Evening Times.
"He thought it would be the wrong timing and I think he hoped it wouldn't come out from any other source."
McCulloch is concerned the timing of the leak has made him unpopular in Scotland.
"It looks as if I am trying to upset people, upset the manager, the players, even the nation," he said on Thursday.
"I think, as we speak just now, the whole nation hates me."