SFA Chief, Ian Maxwell, has spoken out after the appointment of Steve Clarke as Scotland boss, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
On Tuesday, Clarke said it would be possible for those who had retired from international football to change their mind [BBC News Channel live 11:51am (21/05/19)]. That comment could be construed as a hint towards Allan McGregor, who hung up his Scotland gloves in March [BBC Sport].
It seems Maxwell agrees with that sentiment.
While McGregor officially retired, other stars, such as Robert Snodgrass and Tom Cairney, have recently been making themselves unavailable for Scotland.
Now, it seems there’s to be some kind of amnesty ahead of Clarke’s first squad pick.
Will McGregor be interested?
“That’s a fundamental part of the job,” said the SFA Chief, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “As much as getting the team structured and finding us a way of playing, a big part of the job is making sure every single player who is eligible to play for Scotland wants to come and be part of an international squad.”
“He has worked with incredibly top level players at every club he has been at. I saw a list of 24 players he coached at Chelsea and Liverpool and we are talking about top, top names. They all speak very highly of him – his coaching methods, his man-management skills.
“That will obviously be put to the test over the coming weeks and months. That’s a big, big part of the job – making sure that everyone who can play for Scotland is desperate to come and be part of the international squad.”
McGregor very much falls into that bracket.
At 37, he’s no spring chicken. However, his performances in last year’s Nations League proved he’s still more than capable of playing international football.
The question is, will he be tempted by these comments? Or does club form with Rangers still take precedence?