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O'Brien considering Scotland allegiance

Motherwell winger Jim O'Brien is considering the possibility of reverting his allegiance to Scotland. O'Brien was capped by the Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-21 level after initially representing Scotland Under-17s before being overlooked for future squads.

The 22-year-old said: "He's got my number (Craig Levein) so I'll be happy with a conversation.

"It's something that came up and I spoke to my agent about it.

"It's a hard decision because I'm proud to say I have played for Ireland and I have played for Scotland as well.

"But it's a good chance for me and something I will need to think long and hard about."

O'Brien, who qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his grandfather, added: "I hold Craig Levein in the highest regard.

"He's a great manager, I worked with him at Dundee United.

"If he was to get in touch, I will take it from there. But right now it's just talk, for all I know he doesn't want me in the squad.

"I'm just focusing on my football just now and trying to do my best for Motherwell and everything else will take care of itself."

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