Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has paid tribute to sacked Scotland coach Craig Levein.
Scots skipper Fletcher couldnâ€™t play for his country for almost a year because of a lengthy lay-off with ulcerative colitis.
But he was never far from Leveinâ€™s thoughts as he made constant phone calls to offer him encouragement as he recovered.
And thatâ€™s something the Manchester United midfielder will always be grateful to him for.
Fletcher said: â€œPersonally Iâ€™d have liked to see Craig staying on. I was sorry to see him go because Iâ€™d a lot of respect for him, professionally and personally.
â€œThe good work he was doing wasnâ€™t coming to fruition on the park â€” we werenâ€™t getting the results and ultimately thatâ€™s what footballâ€™s based on. I spoke to him briefly just after his departure. He rang and asked me to thank all the boys for the time, support and effort theyâ€™d put in on international duty.
â€œHe was disappointed when I spoke to him because heâ€™d wanted to achieve good things for Scotland and heâ€™d felt that when he took the job. A lot of the good work he did off the park didnâ€™t transmit to results but personally I have so much respect for him.
â€œHe was in constant contact with me and thatâ€™s something Iâ€™ll always remember."