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Villa's Bannan to go against Scotland wishes

Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has revealed he wants to represent Team Great Britain at this summer's Olympic Games.

Despite calls from the Scottish Football Association for players to boycott Team GB, the 22-year old Scotland international suggests he is open to playing for the team if he is selected.

Plenty of Scottish players who have been called into Stuart Pearce's shortlist have opted out of Olympics reckoning but Bannan says he will heed the advice given to him by Wolves defender Christophe Berra.

"I don't know if I'll be picked but if I am I'll probably go. I listened to what Christophe had to say," Bannan said.

"He thinks it would be silly to turn it down because it's such a great opportunity.

"It's just one of those things you've got to do. If the fans are going to give me stick for it I'll be strong enough to take it. I've had stick before.

"I'm always going to be playing for Scotland so I don't see the big deal really."

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