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SFA won't stand in way of QPR's Mackie

The Scottish Football Association say they will not get in the way of QPR striker Jamie Mackie's plans to represent Team GB at next year's Olympics.

The R's forward this week revealed he would love to play for the Great Britain football team at the 2012 London Games which goes against what the SFA have stood for over the past few months but association chief Stewart Regan insists he will not stop the 26-year old.

"Our position remains as it's always been. We don't agree with Team GB because of the potential threat to the independence of Scotland's position around the football table both worldwide and also at UEFA level," he said.

"However, if a player chooses to play then there is nothing we can do to stop them."

Regan added: "We were asked to support a mixed team. We said we didn't support that but we recognised legally that we couldn't stop any player who wished to be considered from taking part. That's our position. We've explained that to our playing squads and said why we have taken the stance we have.

"However, at the end of the day, if a player chooses to play as a member of the Great Britain team then that's their decision.

"Equally we would not hold that against them.

"We wouldn't be de-selecting them or anything like that. There is no retribution or any negative impact at all from the Scottish FA."

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