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Scotland coach relaxed about Rangers Boyd form

Rangers striker Kris Boyd current goal scoring exploits have not put Scotland boss George Burley under any pressure to reinstate the player. Boyd withdrew from the international scene claiming Burley was reluctant to select him and the Scotland chief insists the 25 year old would have to prove his commitment before being allowed back into the squad.

"No pressure at all," he said. "If everybody is fully committed and wants to play - no matter what - for Scotland, great.

"We need committed players, end of story. The fans want that, I want that as a manager, I was that as a player."

"As Scotland manager, I go to as many games as I can," Burley added.

"I go to watch a lot of the Old Firm games and that was the first time I had seen Kris actually play this season.

"I had been to the Old Firm game against Celtic, and Hibs, and he didn't play.

"I thought he did really well at Kilmarnock, showed quality, worked hard, got his goal. And Kenny Miller I think was man of the match.

"But the most important thing for Scotland, because we are not inundated with world-class players, is the passion and commitment for the country.

"So if Kris decided... that he was committed, he would have to convince me and all the Scottish fans.

"If that was the way he felt, certainly we would look at it. But the commitment is the important thing for any country, especially Scotland.

"We are very passionate, we love our football but we have got to be committed, whether you are in the team or not, and that's very important for the squad."

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