Burley demands commitment
Scotland boss George Burley insists he will not be forced into a reconciliation with striker Kris Boyd.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 15/11/08 1:00pm
Scotland boss George Burley insists he will not be forced into a reconciliation with Kris Boyd despite the striker's recent impressive form.
Boyd has notched seven goals in five matches for Rangers since withdrawing from international duty.
The 25-year-old refused to play for Scotland again while Burley was in charge after his decision to award the striker just 28 minutes of international action.
And the Scotland boss insists that he will only select players who are 100 per cent committed to the cause.
"If everybody is fully committed and wants to play - no matter what - for Scotland, great," said Burley.
"We need committed players, end of story. The fans want that, I want that as a manager, I was that as a player."
Burley admits to being impressed by Boyd's performance in Rangers' comprehensive 4-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
But it would appear that even the striker's goalscoring performances are not enough to encourage any significant squad changes.
"As Scotland manager, I go to as many games as I can," Burley said.
"I go to watch a lot of the Old Firm games and that was the first time I had seen Kris actually play this season.
"I had been to the Old Firm game against Celtic, and Hibs, and he didn't play.
"I thought he did really well at Kilmarnock, showed quality, worked hard, got his goal. And Kenny Miller, I think, was man of the match.
"But the most important thing for Scotland, because we are not inundated with world-class players, is the passion and commitment for the country.
"So if Kris decided... that he was committed, he would have to convince me and all the Scottish fans.
"If that was the way he felt, certainly we would look at it. But the commitment is the important thing for any country, especially Scotland."