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Middlesbrough's McManus still eyeing Scotland call-up

Stephen McManus hopes to win back a place in the Scotland squad as he gets set to ponder his future.

The 30-year old former Celtic centre-back is set to depart Middlesbrough in the summer and says he would love to find a club that will help him force his way into Scotland boss Gordon Strachan's calculations.

"Right now, I will go wherever I think there will be the best opportunity for my career," he said.

"I want to play every week. I want the feeling of actually meaning something to a team again.

"And I still have ambitions to represent my country. I have spoken to Gordon Strachan. He will be the same with every other Scottish player who could be available for international football. I'm sure he's spoken to James McFadden and Kris Boyd and so on. These guys are still very good players.

"If you are playing well for your club, and can still handle international level, I have no doubt you will get that opportunity to play again.

"It's not as if you are 35 or 36 and questioning whether you can still play with Scotland. I'm far from over the hill.

"One thing about Gordon is that he will be 100 per cent fair with everyone. He is the right person to take the country forward."

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