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Snubbed striker walks out on Burley


Scotland’s faltering World Cup qualifying campaign suffered another blow on Sunday when Rangers striker Kris Boyd said he would not play for the national team again while George Burley is manager.

Boyd, 25, who was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 qualifier against Norway at Hampden, told the BBC that he has informed both Burley and Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith of his decision.

“I left a message on George Burley’s phone last night and he hadn’t got back to me,” Boyd said. “I didn’t think just leaving a message was very professional, so I spoke with Gordon Smith and informed him of my decision.”

But Boyd added: “I will not be playing for George Burley again, but I hope to be back in a Scotland jersey again one day.”

Boyd has played 28 minutes of the six matches since Burley took over as national coach in January.

In a statement released to the Press Association, Burley said: “I’ve spoken with Kris and he told me that he was disappointed not to play on Saturday or in the last couple of matches. He said that he did not want to be considered for future Scotland squads so that he can concentrate on his club career.”

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