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Rangers Novo wishes he'd never mentioned Scotland qualification

Nacho Novo feels the controversy over his suggestion he could qualify to play for Scotland has got out of hand. The 29-year-old Spaniard had claimed he would probably accept a call to represent his adopted country.

"I didn't start anything," said the striker.

"I was just asked a question and I said what I felt, that if something happened then I would be happy to play.

"It was a simple answer to a simple question, that's all but everyone has taken it too far.

"I was surprised by the reaction.

"I haven't had any contact with anybody (from the SFA), I find out everything from what I read in the papers.

"I respect everyone's opinions, people will be with you, people will be against you, but I don't want any trouble at all.

"My sister heard about it back in Spain, it was big news back there as well.

"There has been a lot of fun in the dressing room and my team-mates call me Hamish McNovo and things like that.

"Everybody has had a laugh and it's been quite funny.

"But I just want to play football and be happy, that's all."

Asked if he felt Scottish, Novo joked: "Can't you hear my Glaswegian accent?

"It's been a long time, eight years, and my family is Scottish.

"Scotland is my home, I came from a lower division club in Spain to here and everybody has helped me and been really nice to me."

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