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McCulloch grateful to Levein for second Scotland chance

Lee McCulloch has thanked new Scotland boss Craig Levein for giving him another chance with the national team. The Rangers midfielder, who made himself unavailable for Scotland under former boss George Burley, has been included in Levein's first squad for next month's friendly with the Czech Republic.

McCulloch is happy to end his two-year international exile and is ready to fight for his place in Levein's side.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be back in Scotland's plans and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Craig Levein for giving me another chance," McCulloch told the Daily Record.

"It was one of the hardest decisions of my life when I stepped down from the national team. But I had my reasons.

"Now I'm just determined to prove Craig Levein is right to have faith in me - but I am taking nothing for granted.

"There are a lot of very good midfield players in this squad. It's up to me to impress the manager on the training field and show him I deserve to be a part of his plans for Scotland.

"I realise there is every chance I won't get into his starting 11 and I completely accept that. There are other boys who are probably ahead of me in the queue.

"But if get the chance to play in any part of next week's game I'll be thrilled.

"I didn't know if I would ever get another opportunity to win another cap for my country.

"And now it's up to me to prove to the new manager I am worth it."

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